With the highly contagious Omicron variant spreading rapidly, national and state health officials recommend a layered approach to protect your friends, family and yourself from COVID-19. Along with getting vaccinated and boosted when eligible, it is also a good idea to wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask with multiple layers in public, according to Moore County Health Department.
In an effort to encourage mask usage and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Moore County, the Moore County Health Department will host an N95 mask distribution event on Friday, February 4 at Moore County Agricultural Center located at 707 Pinehurst Avenue in Carthage. The event will run from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. while supplies last.
Masks are free of charge and residents will also receive information regarding proper mask usage. Due to limited supplies, distribution is restricted to one package of masks per person.
Churches and other community organizations may submit requests for masks separately from this event by contacting Miriam Gill at 910-947-4513.
N95 masks have been predominately used in healthcare settings even before the COVID-19 pandemic as a tool to achieve highly efficient filtration against airborne particles, said the health department. N95s offer enhanced protection by filtering out all types of particles, including bacteria and viruses.
For continuous Moore County Health Department news and updates including those on COVID-19, visit the Moore County Health Department Website: www.moorecountync.gov/health and follow the Health Department on Facebook (MOCO Health) and Twitter (@mocohealth).