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Signs You May Need to Replace Your Cloth Face Mask

Wearing a cloth face mask or covering when you’re out in public is essential for preventing the spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While many Americans are following CDC, state and local guidance for wearing cloth face masks when they’re out in public, some may be wondering whether the masks they wear are still as effective. Inaddition, many may be forgetting to wash their mask after each use. Knowing When It’s Time to Replace Your Cloth Face Mask or CoveringAccording to Christopher Sulmonte, the project administrator for the Biocontainment Unit at John Hopkins Medical, there’s not an exact timeline for how long you can use a cloth face mask before itneeds to be replaced. The original quality of the mask and the harshness of your washing machine play large roles in how quickly your mask may deteriorate. To see if your mask needs to be replaced, you can: Hold your mask up to a light to check for visible fading or spots that you can see through. Inspect your mask for any holes. Check the fit of your mask to make sure it still fits snugly over your nose and mouth.If your mask has visible fading, holes or see-through spots, or fits loosely, it’s time to replace your mask. In addition, if you live in an area with colder weather, you can go outside with your mask on to see how far your breath travels through your mask. If your breathtravels more than an inch through your mask, it’s time to replace your mask. Tips for Cleaning Your Cloth Face Mask or CoveringAccording to the CDC, you should wash your cloth face mask or covering after each wear. As such, it’s recommended that you have more than one mask to have a safe mask to wear each day. The CDC explains there are two methods for washing your masks: Using a washing machine—You can include your mask(s) with your regular laundry and detergent. Washing by hand—You can wash your mask(s) by hand, too. To do so, put your mask(s) in a bowl or bin. Use tap water, anddetergent or soap to wash the mask, rinsing thoroughly to remove detergent or soap. The CDC also states that you can use your dryer or air dry your mask(s). However, be sure to check the fabric tags of your mask(s) before using the dryer. In some cases, to preserve the fit and fabric of your masks, you may need to air dry them.What’s Next?Remember, wearing a mask can help you protect yourself and prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic.Provided by: North Risk Partners

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We Have Moved!

Come see us at our new location! 4163 3rd Ave Suite 103, Marion IA 52302

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Modifying our modified open

We want to thank everyone for their support of our small business. Please know that we appreciate each and every customer who shops with us!

We have had our store running, in what we call, a “modified open” status for a couple of months now – our doors have been locked and we handled all transactions through a window to the left of the door. This was done to help slow the spread, but it was also our way of keeping our staff (and their families – some with higher health risks – safe). To those who still shopped with us – thank you! To those who walked away because you couldn’t come into the store, we are sorry that we were unable to help you, but hope that you do come back and shop with us again.

Starting on Monday, June 15th, we will enter another phase of our “modified open”. Our doors will be unlocked and customers may return to the store. There will be signs (please take the time to read them!) and caution tape up. You will only be allowed in the space by the counter. We ask that you have us grab your products for you and that you maintain social distancing.

**Masks covering your nose and mouth will be required to enter our store.** Customers who do not wear a mask will be asked to go back outside to our window (under the red quick-up tent) to either purchase masks or to be waited on through the window. Please do not open the window – it is in place for safety reasons. If you have any symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath), please visit us another day when you are feeling better.

Thank you for your support! #MarionStrong

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**Limited Stock**

We have secured a limited supply of Diversey’s Oxivir Five 16. It is a disinfectant with only a FIVE minute dwell time! On the EPA’s list of products effective against COVID-19.

https://diversey.com/…/p…/oxivir-five-16-concentrate-4963314

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Glove Update

Just a heads up – this is from one of my glove suppliers:

Good Morning Janet-

As you are aware, the Disposable Gloves category has experienced volatile market conditions due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This has impacted the overall supply and created a sudden surge in global demand for all types of gloves including Latex, Nitrile, and Vinyl Gloves.

As a result of the rising costs and tighter supply in the marketplace, we are compelled to announce a price increase of up to 15% on all Glove Products. This increase will be effective with orders placed on and after June 1st, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate further market dynamics related to price increases and supply. Please note that we will process regular order quantities based on the allocation amounts we have already set for you.

We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate further market dynamics related to price increases and supply.

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Chemical Supply Chain

Chemical manufacturers are experiencing raw material shortages in addition to a huge surge in demand for product. All this equates to longer wait times for products.

Below is an excerpt from an article published in Chemical & Egineering News:

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Perspective

A little perspective from one of my suppliers:

I want to give you an example of what these manufacturers have on their plates. Clorox has their Total 360 disinfectant machine which uses their proprietary disinfectant. In March Clorox received orders for 70,000 cases of disinfectant. Their normal monthly demand over the last 3 years has been 800 cases. How long do you think it’s going to take them to catch up? I have heard many other similar examples with other pandemic product manufacturers. End users need to understand that the supply chain is so behind it will take months to recover. And we cannot provide ETA’s.