NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Saint Peter's University Hospital announced today that its staff members on the front line of the fight against coronavirus COVID-19 need surgical masks.

The hospital has put out a call for volunteers to sew new ones.

According to a statement from Tabiri M. Chukunta, the Executive Director of Community outreach and Diversity, the masks need to mold around the nose and have the ability to insert a filter.

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A tutorial that demonstrates how to make masks that have a pocket opening to insert an additional N95 filter with elastic or ribbon is available on YouTube.

Local craft and fabric stores sell remnants online and offer curbside pick-up, according to the statement.

Anyone who is having difficulty locating the fabric can contact Susan Choma at

For additional information please contact Jim Choma, at 732-745-8581;

Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen James Checchio on Tuesday issued a letter to the hospital staff thanking them for their “extraordinary service.”

“(Hospital president and CEO) Les Hirsch is keeping me well informed on all you are doing to care for those afflicted with the coronavirus, while still caring for those with other ailments, diseases, and injuries,” according to the letter. “Your dedication and commitment is an inspiration to me and so many others how you selflessly put yourselves on the ‘front lines’ of this battle against the virus and know that it does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.”

Mayor Jim Cahill, citing figures released by Middlesex County, announced last night that there were nine new positive COVID-19 cases confirmed in the previous 24 hours. This brings the citywide total to 45.