MONTICELLO – Sullivan County’s team responding to the COVID-19 pandemic is asking all those who are handy with a sewing needle to join the “Mask Brigade” this week.
“I know we have many talented people who sew, knit, quilt and stitch, and I’m putting out the call for them to join our Mask Brigade,” said Community Resources Commissioner Laura Quigley, who is leading the county’s Emergency Community Assistance Center. “There’s a deep and immediate need for masks for our essential workers who are not first responders or healthcare workers and thus don’t necessarily have organizational access to face coverings.”
Hundreds of masks are needed so that those who still must work can be outfitted with protective coverings while going about their duties. A variety of designs are available online, and the county recommends accessing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s instructions at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
“I’m confident that with the help of the Mask Brigade, we can get masks to anyone who needs them, but we need to start now,” adds Quigley.
A collection box has been set up at the entrance to the Government Center in Monticello, but Quigley promises that if mask-makers cannot bring the masks to the County, the County will find a way to pick them up.
“Please let the Emergency Community Assistance Center know how many masks you think you can provide, and whether or not you need us to come get them,” The center’s phone number is 845-807-0925.