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State health department giving out free masks

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 12:13:04-05

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is distributing 3.5 million free masks as part of the state’s Mask Up, Mask Right campaign.

Free KN95 masks provided by MDHHS will be distributed by community organizations, including local MDHHS offices, health departments and Area Agency on Aging offices, a news release said Monday.

“We are urging Michiganders to Mask Up and Mask Right to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities from COVID-19,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. “Wearing the right kind of mask is important. Today’s distribution of effective masks will help more Michiganders limit the spread of COVID-19 to save lives and get back to normal sooner.”

Masking right includes wearing one of three options of masks that provide stronger protection: three-layered washable cloth masks, three-layered disposable masks or KN95 masks.

It also includes wearing the mask correctly: having it secured over the nose and mouth and snugly fitting without gaps.

KN95 masks are similar to but should but be confused with N95 masks, which are intended for health care workers in higher-risk settings.

Residents who need masks can pick one up from partner sites across the state. Distribution sites can be found here.