Sanford Health is asking community members to donate homemade face masks primarily for employees who are not working directly with patients.

On April 3, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation for people to wear cloth face masks in “public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” But two weeks ago, Sanford Health’s western North Dakota division did not have any cloth face masks, said Weston Dressler, senior community relations specialist. So the regional health provider reached out to community members asking them to make and donate the protective covering.

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