Helena – The Lewis and Clark County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is accepting requests for cloth masks from individuals and essential businesses in need.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the general public wear cloth face coverings – not surgical masks or N-95 respirators – in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (like grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, clinics, etc.). The Lewis and Clark Public Health Department encourages all residents to follow the recommendations provided by the CDC.
The CDC does warn that face coverings should not give anyone a false sense of security. Social distancing and hand washing are still very important protective measures and should be continued.
The EOC now has a stock of about 500 masks with more donations coming in.
Every effort will be made to fill all requests, but they will be prioritized based on most at-risk populations and those with highest potential exposures.
People wishing to donate hand-sewn cloth masks should go to www.volunteerhelena.org/need for details.
Valerie Stacey, Unified Health Command PPE Coordinator, 457-8891, email@example.com