MDHHS to distribute 10 million KN95 masks to Michiganders

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Close-up of a woman holding a KN95 face mask.

Close-up of a woman holding a KN95 face mask.

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As the state and the rest of the country continue to combat the omicron variant of COVID-19, the state of Michigan is ensuring that all Michiganders are supplied with masks.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is distributing 10 million KN95 masks to Michigan residents to ensure that they can protect themselves against the virus.

“Today’s distribution of KN95 masks will help more Michiganders limit the spread of COVID to save lives and get back to normal sooner,” MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel said in a statement released to the public today.

This distribution of masks comes on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updating its guidance earlier this month on masking. The guidance states that woven masks are the least protective and surgical masks and respirators provide the most protection.

The masks being provided through MDHHS are in addition to the 400 million masks being distributed by the federal government. The KN95s will be distributed by community organizations, local MDHHS offices, health departments and Area Agency on Aging offices, according to the release.

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