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Become a Masketeer!

Posted: 5/1/2020

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Become a Masketeer!

All you need are a pair of scissors and some old t-shirts to make a difference.

Through Warren County's "Mask Up" iniatitive you can help provide face coverings for people in need. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order on April 15 requires a mask or face covering in public places or when unable to keep a six feet away from others while outdoors.

There are a variety of different mask-making techniques for all abilities — whether you have a sewing machine or have never touched a needle and thread.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, these cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Read the statement below from Warren County on the "Mask Up" Iniatitive:

"The Warren County Board of Supervisors wants to help get masks into the hands of those that need them!

Medical masks are hard to come by these days, but many people with access to fabric and material have been making some useful and even snazzy face coverings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

More are still needed, as new state orders require mouths and noses be covered in all public places where people can’t socially distance.

A number of Warren County departments have banded together to begin an effort to help collect them for distribution to those in need, working with retired Glens Falls physician Dr. Richard Leach . 

Dr. Leach calls his donors 'Masketeers, as it calls up chivalry and altruism and protecting the community against a marauding and sneaky enemy!'

If you have a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills, or a few old t-shirts and a pair of scissors, you can make a homemade mask that can offer some degree of protection from the virus, and know that you are helping end this pandemic sooner.

After donations are collected, they will be turned over to Dr. Leach's team, and they will be sterilized by local dentists and distributed as needed."

Click here to read more from Warren County and to access tutorials for making a face mask.

If you'd like to donate homemade masks as part of this initiative, please place each mask in a plastic bag and bring the masks to the collection area set up inside door #13 on the north side of the Warren County Municipal Center, behind the new Family Court wing of the building.

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