Government Makes Free N95 Masks Available

A sign on the door of a Bourbon County clinic states a mask must be worn.

The Biden Administration announced on Jan. 19 that N95 masks will be available to the public from the government’s Strategic National Stockpile, which has more than 750 million of the protective masks on hand, according to Free N95 masks: Biden administration plans to give away 400M masks | AP News. The masks will be available for pickup at pharmacies and community health centers across the country.

Currently, Walmart Fort Scott has the N95 masks for distribution, according to a call to their pharmacy on Feb. 1.

Walmart Fort Scott, 2500 S. Main.

A spokeswoman for Fort Scott Walgreens Pharmacy on Jan. 31 said their location will not be allocated these free masks.

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas Fort Scott clinic will have them available on Feb. 4.

“We received five pallets of masks Friday,” Krista Postai, CEO of Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, said. “There is a limit of three per person per the guidance we received.”

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, 401 Woodland Hills Blvd.

“We received a shipment of 20,000 Honeywell adult masks Friday evening,” Robert Poole, CHC  Communication and Marketing Director, Pittsburg, Kansas, said. “We are in the process of getting those redistributed to our clinics.  They should be available to pick up in all of our clinics by (this) Friday.

To view the latest statistics of COVID in Kansas: https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/160/COVID-19-in-Kansas

To view the particulars of the mask: https://www.honeywellstore.com/store/products/molded-cup-n95-face-mask-respirators-dc300n95.htm

Free N95 masks were to be available to pick up at local pharmacies and community health center sites across the country.

Every person is allowed up to 3 free masks, pending availability.

Wearing a mask is a critical way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according  to https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/masks/index.html

Masks and respirators, when worn consistently and correctly, are effective at reducing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The CDC recommends that one wear the most protective mask that one can and that it fits well over your nose, mouth, and chin.

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