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Walz launches 'homemade mask drive' to help congregate living facilities

He's calling on "crafters, sewers, and creatives" for help.

Minnesota's "crafters, sewers, and creatives" are being asked to contribute their talents to the coronavirus effort — in the form of homemade masks. 

On Saturday, Gov. Tim Walz announced the launch of a homemade mask drive to both help and highlight the importance of workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, the masks will go to those working and living in congregate living facilities, which include self-sufficient senior communities.

According to a press release, Minnesotans who participate in the drive can drop off the masks at their local fire department, which will in turn deliver the masks to living facilities. 

“Those working in congregate living facilities are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Walz said, per the release. “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.”

Interested in answering the call? The state has a full set of guidelines on how to make the masks. 

Those include types of material to use (such as tea cloth and microfleece) and some basic instructions — all of which you can find by clicking right here. 

(The CDC also has some guidelines for homemade masks, which you can find here). 

The call for homemade masks comes amid a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly the N95 mask

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