A partnership among the State of Michigan, Ford Motor Company, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing free masks for 4 million Michigan residents who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.
The MI Mask Aid partnership will send face-coverings to low-income residents through Community Action Agencies, schools, senior centers, and homeless shelters. The partnership is part of a larger campaign called Mask Up, Michigan which provides information about the benefits of face coverings for reducing the chance of COVID-19 transmission.
“Masks are proven to reduce a person’s chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70 percent. There’s also growing evidence that masks can protect the wearer’s life, by reducing the severity of COVID if they get it,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. “It’s critically important to make sure communities most impacted by COVID-19 have greater access to masks at no cost. The MI Mask Aid initiative is a critical step in this effort.”
Anyone interested in receiving a free mask can find a distribution location by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand