Mower County Health and Human Services Division Manager Pam Kellogg announced in a press release that the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has secured cloth face covers for Mower County Sheriff’s Deputies, City of Austin Police and Mower County First Responders.  

The CDC is recommending the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the coronavirus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

The news release stated that it is still critical to maintain 6-feet social distancing to slow the spread of the virus; however, cloth face covers have been suggested for public settings where social distancing is hard to maintain.

Wearing a face covering does not replace the recommended social distancing and should not give the wearer a false sense of security.

Kellogg stated that Mower County agencies are also looking for sewers who would like to donate cloth face coverings, though anyone interested is asked to reach out before donating.

For information on how to sew a cloth face covering, visit the CDC’s website at