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How to get a cloth face covering in Juneau

April 23, 2020 – CV19-News, FYI

Juneau residents looking to get cloth face coverings can fill out this request form through the local volunteer group Masks for Juneau People. The group provides face coverings at no cost and accepts donations. Because this is a volunteer effort, the wait time to get your request may vary from one to two weeks. In the meantime, learn how to make your own mask at home without a sewing machine here. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offers sew and no sew options.

Community members interested in volunteering to make cloth face coverings – the effort involves people who don’t sew as well – can visit CBJ’s COVID-19 Volunteers, Donations, and Assistance page and fill out the simple volunteer form. Those without internet access or anyone else who needs assistance requesting a face covering can call 500-0771.

Why you need a cloth face covering

The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from a person before they have symptoms. Take action to slow the spread by wearing a cloth face covering in public, especially in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like at grocery stores and pharmacies. Your face covering protects other people; their face covering protects you.

The CDC strongly encourages you to wear a cloth face covering in public, so does the State of Alaska and the Juneau Assembly. But do not rely on face coverings as the primary way to prevent COVID-19 transmission, and be careful to avoid developing a false sense of security through the use of face coverings. Continue to follow preventive measures including maintaining at least six feet between yourself and others, staying home as much as possible, avoiding touching your face, and washing your hands frequently.

For more local news, information, and resources to help keep Juneau safe and healthy, go to juneau.org/covid-19 and Bartlett Hospital’s COVID-19 page.