Cloth Face Masks

In an effort to protect children and their families, we are now requiring that all patients, visitors, and team members wear masks in our facilities. If you have cloth masks, please bring and wear them while you are here. If you do not have a mask, we will provide a new, unused mask at the door.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. For this reason, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings (masks) in public settings, especially where social distancing may be difficult. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders when possible.

Per the CDC, masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance.

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings

Cloth Face Coverings Should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered routinely and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Tips for Wearing Cloth Masks:

  • Make sure your mask is not too loose; it should fit snugly around your nose and face.
  • Once your mask is in place, DO NOT:
    • Pull it down around your chin
    • Touch your mask in the front
    • Have your mask drop down below your nose
  • When removing your mask, do so by grabbing the ear straps and appropriately washing or storing your mask.

Downloadable Resources

How to Make Cloth Masks

How to make a mask (Source: CDC)

How to Wear Cloth Masks

How to wear a mask

How to Store & Reuse Cloth Masks

Mask storage and reuse

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We are now accepting donations of homemade cloth masks for our clinic patients and family members of patients. Donations can be made by contacting Volunteer Engagement. Click here for full donation guidelines.