On Friday, April 17, Governor Tim Walz announced a Statewide Homemade Cloth Mask Drive.

On Friday, April 17, Governor Tim Walz announced a Statewide Homemade Cloth Mask Drive. This drive is this Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All donated masks will be distributed to facilities that have expressed a need for homemade cloth masks.

Brown County residents are encouraged to bring any new, unused cloth masks to any of the listed Fire Departments:

•Comfrey, 120 Brown Street East

•Hanska, 201 East Washington Street

•New Ulm, Main Station, 526 8th North Street

•Sleepy Eye, 123 Walnut Street SW

•Springfield, 8 North Cass Avenue

Face mask design patterns and instructions:

•Build a mask that tightly encloses the area around the nose and mouth, from the bridge of the nose down to the chin, and extending onto the cheek beyond the corners of the mouth, so no gaps occur when talking or moving.

•Use mask material that is tightly woven but breathable. Double-layer the fabric if possible.

•Masks must be made from washable material such as fabric. Choose a fabric that can handle high temperatures and bleach without shrinking or otherwise deforming.

•The mask should be tolerant of expected amounts of moisture from breathing.

•Suggested materials:

Outer layer tea cloth

Inner layer of a microfleece to wick away moisture

Use an accordion fold to mimic a hospital mask as much as possible

Use a fat woven shoelace type material to bind the sides (such as quilt binding)

For straps, use elastic straps that loop behind the ears.

For more information visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to protect others from COVID-19. Cloth face masks can help prevent the wearer from infecting others – especially in situations where they may spread the virus without symptoms. Cloth face masks are not a proven way to prevent COVID-19 from infecting the wearer.