Matthew McConaughey delivers 110,000 donated masks to Texas rural hospitals
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Actor Matthew McConaughey, a Texas resident, is delivering 110,000 masks to rural hospitals in the state.

He posted a picture Thursday night on Facebook of himself wearing a mask and his wife, Camila Alves, loading a truck.

"[H]itting the road to get em to rural hospitals in need across Texas," he wrote.


McConaughey, who has appeared in several ads for Lincoln Motors, said the car company donated 110,000 masks to the cause. He did not specify what type of masks Lincoln donated.

The actor released a digital ad earlier this month urging Americans to wear masks and not treat the coronavirus pandemic as a partisan issue. 

“This is not about politics. It’s about us," he said in an ad released last week.  

While health care workers are struggling with shortages, masks remain optional for the public at a statewide level in Texas. The state's largest cities — Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin — have made them mandatory, but the governor says those areas cannot enforce the rule.

“We strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask,” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Monday, according to the Texas Tribune. “However, it’s not a mandate. And we’ll make clear that no jurisdiction can impose any type of penalty or fine for anyone not wearing a mask.”

Meanwhile, a founder of Texas mask maker Prestige Ameritech blamed the federal government for the country's mask shortage in testimony to Congress last week. Michael Bowen said his company could have ramped up production more quickly when the pandemic started earlier this year if it the government had contracted with it sooner.

“We’ve gone from 75,000 a month, to 2 million and in another 40 days we can go to 4 million,” he said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.