In order to protect the health of both employees and the public, Douglas County has ordered two reusable, cloth face masks for every employee in the county.
Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson tells NewsRadio 1110 KFAB that the custom cloth masks will cost less than if they were to buy disposable masks. "Custom masks, we've spent $43,200 and if we would have purchased disposables for a four month period it would have been $60,000."
Borgeson says the county is paying for the masks with federal dollars allocated to them through the CARES Act. "That equates to about .0005% of the dollars of the CARES Act money we've spent, in order for our staff to have masks."
"The staff have done a stellar job throughout all of this and we wanted to provide them something that would, again, keep them safe and take pride in Douglas County government." Borgeson added.
Douglas County Clerk Dan Esch tells KFAB News that there are currently 2,408 full-time, part-time and temporary staff members employed by the county.