On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the MDHHS is distributing 10 million free KN95 masks to make sure Michiganders can protect themselves from the Omicron variant.
This is the second time the MDHHS has distributed masks to the public following the distribution of 3.5 million masks in Jan. 2021.
Free KN95 masks provided by the MDHHS will be distributed by community organizations, health departments, Area Agency on Aging offices and local MDHHS offices.
Masks will also be available from community action agencies, federally qualified health centers, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
Additionally, some agencies will further distribute masks to local partners such as homeless shelters.
“We have the tools and we know what works as we face down the Omicron variant of COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “By distributing 10 million highly-effective KN95 masks, we can keep families and communities safe. I encourage Michiganders to pick up a free KN95 mask at their local MDHHS office, public health department, or community organization. Together, we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.”
Michiganders who need masks can pick them up from partner sites across Michigan. To find a distribution site,
Individuals are asked to refer to partner websites or social media sites to find out mask availability instead of calling sites.
“We are urging Michiganders to mask up to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities from COVID-19,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “Wearing masks are important in helping limit the spread of COVID-19, particularly the easily spread omicron and delta variants. Today’s distribution of KN95 masks will help more Michiganders limit the spread of COVID to save lives and get back to normal sooner.”
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