1/5/21 – Free masks available

(Mlive) – 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 MDHSS offices, health departments and Area Agency on Aging offices.

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

N95 masks have the highest effectiveness rating and are meant for health-care workers in higher-risk settings. The KN95 are similar but are slightly less effective.

Health officials recommend the general public uses a KN95 mask, three-layered disposable mask or three-layered washable cloth face covering when outside the house to protect against COVID-19. They also urge people to includes wear the masks correctly, by ensuring having it secured over the nose and mouth and snugly fitting without gaps.

In addition to MDHHS officeslocal health departments and Area Agency on Aging offices, the free masks are available from Community Action Agencies, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Some agencies will further distribute the masks to local partners such as homeless shelters.

Residents who need masks can pick one up from partner sites across the state. Find a distribution site at Michigan.gov/MaskUpMichigan or call the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136.