FARGO — Patients and visitors at all Essentia Health facilities will be encouraged to bring and wear their own cloth masks — if they have them — to help limit the spread of COVID-19 beginning Monday, April 13.

The recent guidelines come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encouraging all people to wear face coverings in places such as clinics and hospitals, where it's not always practical to maintain six feet apart between individuals.

For patients and visitors who do not have their own homemade masks, Essentia will supply one.

Essentia Health hospital staff and some clinic staff involved in direct patient care have been practicing continuous wearing of a Level 1 procedure mask. Beginning Monday, the rest of the staff began wearing masks, as well.

By asking patients and visitors to bring their own homemade masks, it will allow Essentia Health to preserve the supply of Level 1 procedure masks and homemade masks for staff, as well as patients and visitors who do not have their own.

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For people interested in making their own masks, this video offers a step-by-step process.