6 Owensboro Health • July 2020 When we asked the community to help us fight the pandemic by making cloth masks, we were overwhelmed with the response. The masks you’ve made have not only helped protect our team members, they’ve been shared with patients entering our facilities. Having these homemade masks helps us conserve personal protective equipment by only using it where it’s needed. At least 7,000 masks have been donated to Owensboro Health facilities. Organizations like the Quilters Guild, the Daviess County Extension Homemakers Club and Mary’s Littlest Angels have been invaluable during this time. What to look for in a cloth face mask You can make your own cloth face masks at home. They should be made out of a material you can clean in a washing machine. That includes things like cotton sheets, a bandana or an old T-shirt. Cloth face coverings should also: Fit snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face. Be secured with ties or ear loops. Include more than one layer of fabric. Allow for easy breathing. Be able to be washed and dried without changing shape. Wash your cloth face mask often. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when taking off your mask. And after you take it off, wash your hands right away. Don’t sew? Watch a video to see how to make a no-sew mask using just a piece of cloth and two rubber bands. Go to morehealth.org/facemask Thank you you! We’re proud of YOUR MASKS KEEP US SAFE.