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Pott. Co Public Health requests face mask donations

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 17:03:08-04

POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa. (KMTV) — Feeling crafty? Due to a national shortage of commercially-produced face masks during the coronavirus pandemic, Pottawattamie County Public Health (PCPH) are asking for donations.

Those who want to donate homemade masks should contact PCPH nurses at 712-242-1120 for information on drop off sites.

PCPH asks individuals to construct masks using the following specifications:

• 100% cotton fabric, tightly woven, minimum of 160 thread count per square inch

• Ties and tape – 100% cotton – white or natural color – minimum ¼ inch thick

• Nose piece – minimum 4 inches long – plastic coated wire twist ties

• Mask size when complete – 7 inches wide by 3.75 inches long

• 3 pleats per mask facing upward (from outside view)

• The mask should have two layers of fabric

While there are various patterns on the internet, one should be used that meets the above specifications.

Visit this website for more information.