MAP: 3 places to drop off homemade masks for Round Rock health care workers, first responders

Local sewing clubs and crafters alike are creating hand-sewn masks to preserve the life of a health care worker's medical-grade mask or to distribute to patients to prevent the spread of germs. (Courtesy Jennifer Reyes)
Local sewing clubs and crafters alike are creating hand-sewn masks to preserve the life of a health care worker's medical-grade mask or to distribute to patients to prevent the spread of germs. (Courtesy Jennifer Reyes)

Local sewing clubs and crafters alike are creating hand-sewn masks to preserve the life of a health care worker's medical-grade mask or to distribute to patients to prevent the spread of germs. (Courtesy Jennifer Reyes)

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, surgical masks remain in short supply across the world and close to home. Volunteers who are sewing surgical masks now have three drop-off locations in Round Rock to donate masks to local first responders and health care workers.

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.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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