Free N95 Masks at Montgomery County Libraries


Montgomery County residents can pick up free adult N95 masks at 19 Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) branches beginning Friday, January 21. On Friday, January 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the mask guidance to emphasize protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19. N-95, KN-95, and KF-94 respirators are masks that have been shown to provide higher levels of protection against COVID-19. In addition to getting vaccinated and boosted, it is important to wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth in closed public spaces or in crowds to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

“A key element that helps reduce community transmission is the use of a high-quality face covering,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “We know that masks work and having these higher quality face masks compared to simple face coverings increases protection. We have these masks available in our reserve because we planned it. I appreciate the work of our Department of Health and Human Services, emergency management, procurement and general services teams for obtaining them and I thank our libraries for ensuring that this distribution system is effective, efficient and equitable.”

Distribution of rapid home test kits will continue while supplies last.

Residents can pick up four adult-size ZYB-11 masks (an n-95 mask brand) at any of the county’s 19 libraries beginning Friday, January 21. Child sized masks are not available. Supplies are limited and masks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The MCPL branches that distribute masks from noon to 2 pm, Monday through Saturday are:

MCPL branches handing out masks from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday are:

The masks being distributed in the libraries were purchased directly by the county and deliveries will continue as long as supplies last and Omicron’s surge continues. When masks are available from the State, those masks will be integrated into the distribution process.

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