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Free N95 masks will be provided at libraries and community centers in Colorado

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The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) will provide free KN95 and surgical-grade masks at public libraries, fire stations, recreation centers, VFWs, YMCAs and community centers heavily trafficked starting this week.

Governor Jared Polis’ administration announced the plan on Tuesday.

“We are on a mission to help Coloradans protect themselves, and free medical-grade masks are much more effective at preventing infection than cloth masks,” Polis said in a press release. “By making medical-grade masks available for free in libraries across our state and soon for home delivery, we are giving Coloradans a powerful tool to ward off infection. We will continue to meet Coloradans where they are when it comes to accessing doctor-approved vaccine, free testing at community sites, free testing delivered to your doorstep, and now providing quality face masks. free surgery directly to communities.

Colorado has reported more than 10,000 new single-day COVID-19 cases nine times in 2022, after never hitting six figures for new single-day cases at any time before the pandemic. Of the samples tested last week, every COVID-19 case in Colorado was from the omicron variant.

The new mask initiative comes the same day the federal government opened up a free COVID-19 test mailed to individuals. State officials had also distributed better quality masks to schools. According to the state, they provide masks to “provide high-quality personal protective equipment to Coloradans who may be particularly at risk during the pandemic and future public health emergencies.”

Free N95 masks will be provided at libraries and community centers in Colorado

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