White House Prepares to Ship FREE N95 Masks

Largest Deployment of Protective Equipment in U.S. History

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Biden administration plans to ship 400 million high-quality N95 masks for adults free of charge beginning next week. The White House says as many as three FREE N95 masks will be provided at no cost to all adults at pharmacies, grocery stores, and health centers across the country.

The White House says this is the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in U.S. history. Public health officials have long said masking using high-quality products is crucial in controlling the spread of COVID-19, particularly the Omicron variant.

N95 masks function as respirators filtering out most virus particles. While there is currently no shortage of masks nationwide, access has been limited due to cost.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the federal government’s launch of a new program providing FREE COVID-19 at-home tests to households across the country. You can order your FREE tests by visiting www.covidtests.gov or www.special.usps.com.

Visit www.cctexas.com/coronavirus and www.nuecesknows.com for more information. You can also find updates on city social media channels Facebook @citygov and Twitter @cityofcc.