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Texas A&M AgriLife Starts ‘Operation Face Mask’ To Fight COVID-19

Volunteers across the state will make face masks for hospitals, clinics and medical facilities to protect against the deadly virus.
By Sam Craft, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications April 21, 2020


a photo of a young volunteer posing with health care workers
Volunteers, including 4-H Club members, are sewing masks for health care workers.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Joyce Cavanagh, associate professor and extension specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, has started Operation Face Mask, a project that involves volunteers making face masks to protect against the COVID-19 virus.

Operation Face Mask has distributed the masks to local physician offices, assisted living facilities, hospitals, Texas oncology clinics and other medical facilities. The volunteers have made more than 4,000 masks to date and are making more every day.

“These masks help meet local needs for situations where healthcare providers, patients or family members can use alternative protective masks, so it frees up other protective equipment for healthcare providers to use in higher risk situations,” Cavanaugh said.

For more information, email Joyce Cavanagh.

Media contact: Lesley Henton,


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