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To Our Community,

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all corners of the world and reflects one of the largest healthcare challenges in modern history. The Mahaska Health team is hard at work to overcome the obstacles created by the outbreak and remains as always, dedicated to caring for you.

The outpouring of support we’ve received from the community has been nothing short of awe inspiring, and each day we continue to be asked “how can I help?” Here we have compiled information on all the ways members of our community can support Mahaska Health and our team during this unprecedented situation.

From all of us at Mahaska Health,

Thank you.

How You Can Help

1. Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The following are some of the highest need items at Mahaska Health. We ask that donations of these items be in new, unopened condition.

  • N95 Masks
  • Disinfectant Wipes/Spray (Clorox, Lysol, etc.)
  • Exam gloves of all sizes (nitrile or latex preferred)
  • Cases/packages of gowns

Questions about donations of supplies or PPE should be directed to


2. Donate Homemade Masks & Gowns

The Iowa Department of Public Health provides guidance for homemade masks and homemade gowns. Patterns for masks and gowns can be found on the Mahaska Health Pinterest page.

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View patterns for masks
and gowns on the Mahaska Health Pinterest page.


Donated masks should use the following specifications

  • 100% cotton fabric, tightly woven, minimum of 160 thread count per square inch
  • Ties and tape – 100% cotton – white or natural color – minimum ¼ inch thick
  • Nose piece – minimum 4 inches long – plastic coated wire twist ties
  • Mask size when complete – 7 inches wide by 3.75 inches long
  • 3 pleats per mask facing upward (from outside view)
  • The mask should have two layers of fabric

Donated gowns must be 100% polyester.

Where to Bring Donations 
For safety and security reasons, we ask that donations not be dropped off at the hospital campus; instead a donation site has been set up with the help of Mahaska County Emergency Management.
Donation Drop Off:
610 G Avenue West
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
M-F: 8 AM – 5 PM

Questions about donation drop off can be directed to the Mahaska COVID-19 hotline at 641.676.3599.


3. Remind the Mahaska Health Team You are Thinking of Them

4. Make a Donation to the Mahaska Health Foundation

Direct donations to the Mahaska Health Foundation have an immediate impact on our ability to continue providing high quality care during this time. Donations to the foundation are tax deductible and can be made several ways:

Write a Check

Donations by check can be mailed to:

Mahaska Health Foundation
Attn: COVID-19 Support
1229 C Avenue East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Contribute on Facebook

Like Mahaska Health Foundation on Facebook and contribute.

Donate online at


Stay Informed and Practice Social Distancing

Our primary concern is and always will be the health and well-being of the communities we serve. One of the most important things you can do to help us in that mission is to practice social distancing, and continue to follow guidance issued by reliable sources like the World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health.


World Health Organization
US Centers for Disease Control
Iowa Department of Public Health
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