4/18/2020 10:11:16 AM
[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan today launched a week-long statewide homemade mask drive to encourage Minnesotans to create homemade masks for donation and highlight the importance of workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Minnesotans can deliver homemade masks to their local fire department. Fire departments will then deliver the masks to local congregate living facilities for their employees and residents to wear.
“Those working in congregate living facilities are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Walz. “While homemade masks will not replace personal protective equipment, they go a long way in preventing the wearer’s germs from infecting others. I am asking Minnesota’s crafters, sewers, and creatives to step up and help out their community.”
“As Minnesotans, we have always come together to help each other through hard times. Wearing a mask is one of the ways we can protect each other,” said Lt. Governor Flanagan. “I am grateful for Minnesotans’ time, generosity, and talent, and I look forward to seeing the donations come in next Saturday.”
"Every community has a local fire station ready to respond in times of need, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different,” said John Harrington, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. “We’re grateful for the partnership of fire departments across the state for helping us get homemade masks delivered to where they’re needed most.”
Face mask design patterns and instructions can be found online and below:
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.