Counties Partner with MDH to Distribute Free Masks

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced today that it is partnering with local officials in Allegany, Dorchester, and Montgomery Counties to launch a new round of #MasksOnMaryland mask distribution events. On Wednesday, November 18, each county will host an event to encourage the use of face coverings in public places by providing free face masks to residents.

Maryland today reported 2,149 new COVID-19 infections, the fourteenth consecutive day of at least 1,000 new cases — a new record and the ninth straight day the state has set a record in this category. Today marks the fifth consecutive day that the state has reported at least 1,700 new cases.

“Wearing a mask is an easy way to join the fight and help protect those around you,” said MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “I urge all Marylanders to please do the right thing by taking this simple, effective step.”

This Wednesday’s mask distribution events are as diverse as the counties hosting them, with counties continuing to find creative ways to meet the unique needs of their communities’ residents.

According to a press release:

The Allegany County Health Department will use the new Allegany County Fairgrounds drive-thru COVID-19 testing site as a distribution point for masks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Staff from the Dorchester County Health Department plan to provide masks to attendees at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic at their offices from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Dorchester County Health Department plans to host another, similar event on Nov. 23.

In Montgomery County, drive-thru mask distribution events will be held at community centers across the City of Rockville between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. This is the second mask event that MDH and Rockville have sponsored in as many weeks.

As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Larry Hogan last week directed the Maryland Department of Health to issue an expanded public health advisory for out-of-state travel and announced a statewide order to reduce indoor dining capacity from 75 percent to 50 percent.

State health officials also issued a public health advisory strongly discouraging indoor gatherings of 25 people or more. Several counties have followed suit and further implemented even tighter restrictions.

Stay tuned to Conduit Street for more information.

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