Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department (HCS) has provided community partners with adult KN95 masks to be distributed to residents, free of charge. Residents can pick up masks from the specified locations during their normal hours of operation and while supplies last. Masking, when done correctly, is a critical tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and KN95 masks are more effective at preventing spread than disposable or cloth masks.
On Monday, January 31, 2022, Kalamazoo County HCS distributed 30,000 masks to community partners who are now providing those masks to the public. KN95 masks are not available for pick-up at Kalamazoo County HCS. Residents can receive KN95 masks free of charge at the following locations, during their normal business hours and while supplies last:
Comstock Community Center
6330 King Hwy
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
612 N Park St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Edison Neighborhood Association
816 Washington Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
South Community Center
606 Spruce St
Kalamazoo, MI 49097
“While community transmission of COVID-19 remains high in our community, it is important to take all of the preventive measures we can to reduce spread. That includes getting vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, following quarantine and isolation guidelines, but also proper mask wearing, and when possible, using masks that are most effective at preventing the spread of viruses like COVID-19.” said Dr. William Nettleton, Medical Director at Kalamazoo County HCS.
KN95 masks, when worn correctly, are effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 variants such as the Omicron variant. Kalamazoo County HCS encourages residents to take advantage of these free masks available to the community.