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Kiya Tomlin, a clothing designer in Pittsburgh and the wife of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, is overseeing a project that makes at least 500 cloth masks a week for local hospitals, according to ESPN's Brooke Pryor.
Tomlin saw business come to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, she and her four team members have been making and donating masks for hospital support staff. It comes at a time when there is a shortage of protective equipment.
"When I started it, I was like, we couldn't finish our spring collection, so when we're sitting at home doing nothing, we can sew this until it's time to go back to work," Tomlin told Pryor.
She added: "I didn't realize how fast and big the demand was going to be where now we have to deliver. Masks can be made. We make masks now."
Tomlin, who said it takes about eight minutes to make a single mask on her sewing machine, is also shipping to hospitals in Cleveland and New York.