Residents are encouraged to drop off sewn masks as well as close-weaved fabric and elastic that can be used to make masks at the Central Fire Station, Public Safety Training Center and Fire Logistics Building.
Masks will be collected and laundered at a city of Round Rock fire station with a CDC-approved disinfectant, according to information provided by the city. After being disinfected, the masks will be distributed to fire, police, EMS and area health care workers.
The masks will be worn by patients to prevent the spread of germs while being treated, according to a city news release. In addition, sewn surgical masks may be used as a cover over medical-grade masks worn by first responders and medical professionals to lengthen the life of the medical-grade mask, per the release.