Free KN95 and surgical masks to be distributed at Aurora libraries beginning Thursday

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AURORA | As part of its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, Colorado will begin distributing free surgical masks and KN95s at libraries, fire stations and other public places, including the Aurora Public Library.

Beginning Thursday, 1,000 masks will be available at the central branch of the Aurora library at 14949 E. Alameda Parkway. According to the city of Aurora, 600 masks will be available at the following locations:

  • Hoffman Heights Library, 1298 Peoria St.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.
  • Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Circle
  • Iliff Square Library, 2253 S. Peoria St.
  • Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd.

The program is being run through the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and is an expansion on the state’s existing distribution of free masks to schools, according to a state news release.

KN95s and surgical masks are more effective at preventing the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19, the release said. People who are vaccinated, especially if they received a booster shot, are unlikely to get seriously ill from the virus, according to public health experts. However, it transmits very rapidly among both the vaccinated and unvaccinated.

“We are on a mission to help Coloradans keep themselves safe, and free medical grade masks are far more effective in preventing infection than cloth masks,” Gov. Jared Polis said in the release. “By making free medical grade masks available at libraries across our state and soon for home delivery, we are giving Coloradans a powerful tool to avoid infection.”

A full list of distribution sites is available at covid19.colorado.gov/freemasks.

Aurorans can also now sign up to receive four free COVID-19 tests per household from the federal government at special.usps.com/testkits.

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Doug
Doug
3 months ago

Thanks gov polis.