ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -- It's been almost a month since Minnesota's first coronavirus case. In that time, people from four months to 104 years old have tested positive for the virus.
As hospitals continue seeing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), state officials are looking for solutions of all kinds.
"One of the insidious characteristics about this virus is that people who haven't shown any symptoms could be walking around and spreading the disease without knowing it. A homemade cloth mask could help prevent that kind of spread by what the experts call source control. Cloth masks also help provide some protection from getting exposed to the virus," said Joe Kelly, Minnesota Homeland Security, and Emergency Management Director.
State officials are grateful for continuing donations to health care workers by people making those masks.
"If you're kind enough to make cloth masks for donation, I suggest that you distribute them locally. Give them to your community hospital, for use for workers who don't have direct patient care responsibilities. We're talking about dietary staff, janitorial workers, administrators," Kelly said.
He says those who donate homemade masks are instilling the "Minnesota Nice" in our communities.
"You can immediately protect people in the community, your friends your neighbors and your co-workers, and it will help keep everyone healthy and safe, and it's a very Minnesotan thing to do," Kelly said.