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County will work with towns to distribute 1 million masks

Monroe County will work with local city, town and village governments to distribute more than one million face masks in the next seven days.


“Monroe County residents have answered the call and helped to flatten our curve,” Dr. Michael Mendoza, the county’s commissioner of public health, said in a news release. “But we must proceed with caution. Any lapse in social distancing, refusal to wear a face covering or other triggers could cause a spike, which we have worked so hard together to avoid.

“That is why we continue to recommend that you continue to wear your face covering whenever you are out in public, regardless of the situation. We hope to eliminate any excuse to not wearing a face covering with this coordinated initiative.”

There will be two distribution events at 20 municipalities within the county. The first is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The second is on Wednesday, May 13, but times have not been determined and/or announced.

The city of Rochester is not participating in those two events. The county will make 500,000 masks available to the city, but a distribution plan has not been announced.

Funding in the CARES Act made the acquisition of additional face coverings possible, the county said.

The county says more information about distribution sites can be found on the county website.

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