The McDonough County Health Department is asking the public to donate homemade face masks to be used by healthcare workers in situations where some protection is desired, but the more sophisticated N95 masks might not be necessary.
The department specifically is looking for the type of mask that has a pocket for a filter insert. According to the department, nearly 300 masks have already been donated, but more are needed.
There is a collection box in the vestibule at the department’s office at 505 E. Jackson Street in Macomb, which is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 5.
In addition to a request for donated homemade masks, the department has also asked residents to seek out information about the coronavirus pandemic from reliable sources, such as the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as from the McDonough County Health Department, instead of relying on questionable online sources that may be pushing misinformation.
The department posts up-to-date, local COVID-19 information on McDonough County Emergency Information Facebook page, the health department’s Facebook page, on their website and on the McDonough District Hospital website.