New CDC recommendations
Due to the increased risk of virus transmission with the Omicron variant, the CDC now recommends better-quality masks over cloth coverings to protect against COVID-19, including surgical/procedural, N-95, KN-95 or KF94 masks.
To help protect our communities from COVID-19, the CDC has suggested the most vulnerable populations should wear handmade cloth masks in public.
DIY cloth face masks
This pattern has the information you need to make a cloth mask – whether for yourself and your family or to donate for use by our cargivers.
Download our cloth mask instructions [PDF, 75 KB].
No-sew face masks
Need a face mask that you don’t have to sew? You can quickly convert a T-shirt or bandana to a mask.
Download our no-sew mask instructions [PDF, 110 KB].
How to wear and wash your handmade mask
This video provides important instruction from Ballad Health’s chief nurse executive Lisa Smithgall about using a DIY face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Cleaning your mask
Proper laundering instructions for the masks are included below:
- Before leaving your home and coming in contact with another individual, wash your hands and put on your mask.
- Avoid touching your mask and face while in public.
- When you return home, wash your hands, remove your mask and wash it in hot water in your washing machine.
- Ensure the mask is totally dry before you wear it again.