City of Milwaukee to hand out another 500,000 N95 masks on Thursday

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The city of Milwaukee will be handing out an additional 500,000 N95 masks on Thursday, January 13, while supplies last.

N95 masks are only available at the Northwest Health Center (7630 W. Mill Rd.), Southside Health Center (1639 S. 23rd St.), Menomonee Valley Site (2401 W. St. Paul Ave.), and Milwaukee Public Library branches during the regular operating hours. For a full list of locations and hours of operation, visit Milwaukee.gov/masks.

In total, the Milwaukee Health Department will be handing out over a million masks in a week.

“Masking is crucial to contain the spread of COVID-19, and the higher quality N95 masks are even more effective at protecting against the Omicron variant,” said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson. “The Milwaukee Department of Health officials are doing their best to get these masks into the hands of our community, but we ask all to be courteous and patient.”

According to a Health Department press release, during the first round of mask raffles on Monday January 10th, workers reported unfortunate hostile actions by those waiting for masks. The Milwaukee Department of Health affirms that all protocols are in place to distribute the masks safely and fairly, and urges all to obey the rules.

Each car receives a pack of 20 masks. These masks are reusable if properly sanitized between uses. To disinfect an N95 or KN95 mask, remove the respirator and place it in a breathable paper bag. Close the pouch and let it sit at room temperature for at least 72 hours before using the mask again. This process can be repeated but should not exceed five times before the mask is disposed of.

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