COVID-19

State to distribute 3.5 million free masks

The KN95 masks are among the most effective methods of preventing the spread of COVID. The state wants to get them in the hands of people who need them.

The state of Michigan is making an unprecedented push to get face masks in the hands of people who might otherwise not have a mask to wear.

The state is distributing 3.5 million masks through public service agencies and health departments throughout the state. The masks in questions are KN95 masks – very similar to K95 masks used by medical professionals.

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Currently, there are two locations in Kalamazoo County providing the free masks:

“They’re white, tightly fitting masks. Those are good for the public to use,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Bob Wheaton in an interview with Michigan Radio.

“As far as face coverings that are not effective and should be avoided: neck gaiters or any loosely tied bandana like that doesn’t eliminate particles from being spread,” he said.

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