MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway called on businesses and individuals to make protective masks and donate them to the city.
She made her ask in a blog post on her office's website Friday morning.
"I am asking all businesses with the capacity to produce cloth face coverings and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to consider manufacturing these products," Rhodes-Conway said. "First responders, healthcare professionals and the general public is in great need of this equipment, and anything we can do locally to help manufacture these materials will benefit all of us."
The need for masks stems from the COVID-19 pandemic. Health officials now recommend that people wear masks when out in many public settings.
The mayor included a link to a state manufacturing industry group's website that included information for helping companies produce PPE.
"In addition, I am asking people who know how to sew to consider making and donating masks to the City," Rhodes-Conway said.
Rhodes-Conway said she recognized craft stores are closed due to the governor's Safer at Home order. She suggested ordering fabric online and shipping to one's home.
Mask donations are being accepted at two fire stations:
- Fire station #2 (421 Grand Canyon Drive)
- Fire station #8 (3945 Lien Rd)
All masks will be washed before they are given to workers, according to the mayor.