• Warren County Mask Up Initiative

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    April 23, 2020

    The Warren County Board of Supervisors wants to help get masks into the hands of those that need them!

    Medical masks are hard to come by these days, but many people with access to fabric and material have been making some useful and even snazzy face coverings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
    More are still needed, as new state orders require mouths and noses be covered in all public places where people can’t socially distance.

    A number of Warren County departments have banded together to begin an effort to help collect them for distribution to those in need, working with retired Glens Falls physician Dr. Richard Leach . 
    Dr. Leach calls his donors “Masketeer as it calls up chivalry and altruism and protecting the community against a marauding and sneaky enemy!”

    If you have a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills, or a few old t-shirts and a pair of scissors, you can make a homemade mask that can offer some degree of protection from the virus, and know that you are helping end this pandemic sooner.

    There are numerous instructional videos on YouTube, or available online through health organizations such as the CDC.

    Those who want to help with this new county effort can drop off their finished product in plastic bags at the collection area set up outside the Warren County Office of Emergency Services, on the north side of the Warren County Municipal Center, behind the new Family Court wing of the building.

    They will be turned over to Dr. Leach’s team, and they will be sterilized by local dentists and distributed as needed.

    For more information on this initiative, go to warrencountyny.gov/covidhub or call 518-761-6563 or email lehmand@warrencountyny.gov.

    Directions to Warren County Municipal Center for dropoff:
    From the south:
    Take exit 20 off of I-87 (Northway). Turn right at the traffic light at the end of the ramp. Turn left into the Municipal Center campus at the next traffic light.
    From the north:
    Take exit 20 off of I-87 (Northway). Turn left at the end of the ramp. Proceed straight though the next traffic light into the Municipal Center campus.
    On the campus:
    Turn left around the circular drive of the campus until you reach parking lot #8, directly across from the Sheriff’s Office driveway. Use door #13 with the handicap ramp. Please be prepared to show your government issued identification to security.