Local volunteer mask makers have partnered with the Ellsworth Public Library in order to outfit area residents. PHOTO COURTESY OF ABIGAIL MILLER

Need a mask? Volunteers are ready to help



ELLSWORTH — With state and national guidance encouraging the use of cloth masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, several community volunteers are working together to provide masks for those in need.

Volunteer mask makers and Ellsworth Public Library collaborated to create a Masks for Hancock County, Maine Facebook page. This program is dedicated to connecting community members in the Ellsworth area and surrounding towns with fabric face masks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends cloth face masks for everyone in public places to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Governor Janet Mills also has mandated cloth face coverings in any public setting where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. Cloth masks help mitigate transmission of the virus but are not meant as a substitute for social distancing measures.

For more information about how to request a mask, make a donation or to volunteer to make masks for this cause, visit the Masks for Hancock County Maine Facebook page.

Demand is high and it may take some time for masks to be made. Due to limited resources, the color and pattern of the masks cannot be guaranteed. Masks are provided free of charge, but donations are appreciated to cover the cost of materials.

For more information, contact the Ellsworth Public Library at [email protected] or call 667-6363 and leave a message.

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