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Mask distribution underway

 

Last updated 2/4/2022 at 10:24am

UPDATE (Feb. 4): Pikes Peak Library District once again will have thousands of masks available to the public beginning Mon., Feb. 7. This will include nearly 42,000 N95 masks (not KN95) and 12,000 surgical-grade masks.

The free masks will be available for pickup on a first-come, first-served basis at all open Library locations, including mobile library services, across El Paso County. There is a limit of five masks, per person each month while supplies last. Individuals must be present to pick up masks but do not need to show any identification or have a library card.

UPDATE: Security Public Library staff said they received 1,000 KN95 masks the first day and ran out within an hour and a half. They received another 1,000 on the second day and ran out in a couple of hours. Another 2,000 came in, with some still available on Saturday at closing time. Those wanting masks should be at the library at opening time, 9 a.m., on Monday morning for the best chance of obtaining one from this shipment. SPL was the only place in El Paso County to have these masks on hand, so people were coming from all over to obtain some.

On Jan. 19, the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) began offering KN95 and surgical grade masks for free at public libraries, fire stations, recreation centers, VFWs, YMCAs, and high-traffic community centers that have agreed to be local redistribution points. The program is part of the state's efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Locally, Security Public Library is one of the sites offering masks. However, the library had run out of its supply of KN95 masks in the first few hours on Jan. 19. Library staff will update the website and Facebook page when more arrive.

SPL did still have disposable face masks available. Residents may come into the library during business hours to pick them up. The library can be reached at (719) 391-3191.

All branches of the Pikes Peak Library District, including Fountain, are set to receive masks; they have not yet received their shipment.

Though not specifically listed, Fountain Fire Department noted it had not received any masks from the state.

The full list of locations offering free masks is posted here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/freemasks

This article will be updated as locations receive or run out of masks.

COVID test kits by mail

In related news, COVID home test kits are now available by mail. Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests from USPS.com.

-Limit of one order per residential address.

-One order includes four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests.

-Orders will ship free starting in late January.

Place orders here: https://special.usps.com/testkits?fbclid=IwAR33oXtWfXkSULeL9Yurj922L_1CG_5aygW7vowG2oNEaYB7schfI791wg8

 

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