Washington cathedral digs up 5,000 respirator masks | Inquirer News

Tales from the crypt: Washington cathedral digs up 5,000 respirator masks

/ 06:11 PM March 27, 2020
DOH: 'Panic buying' of N95 masks in NCR depletes supply for Batangas, Cavite

INQUIRER.net Stock Photo

With respirator face masks in short supply, the Washington National Cathedral dug deep underground to find its long forgotten stash—in its crypt.

The massive Neo-Gothic cathedral in the United States capital said Wednesday that 5,000 masks purchased more than a decade ago had been forgotten in its crypt level deep below its nine separate chapels.


As US health officials sounded the alarm over the shortage of masks during the coronavirus pandemic, some staff noticed the stockpile set aside for priests.

“The masks were purchased more than a decade ago following a previous health scare,” the cathedral said in a statement.


“They were meant to allow clergy to provide pastoral care without putting their own health at risk.”

It said that after checking to be certain they were still safe to use, 13 boxes containing 3,000 masks were being donated to Georgetown University Hospital, and nine more boxes with 2,000 masks were going to Children’s National Hospital, both in Washington.

A few masks will be held on to for the cathedral clergy, just in case, it added. IB /ra


Angel Locsin’s hospital tent fundraiser draws P1 million in less than 24 hours

Jane de Leon hands out relief packs to barangay in Cainta, Rizal amid COVID-19


For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: churches, COVID-19, N95 masks, nCoV update, novel coronavirus, respirator mask, Washington, Washington National Cathedral
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.