Dane Co. to give away 100,000 masks to local organizations

Officials want to ensure everyone in the county has a mask
Dane County announces a program designed to deliver 100,000 free face masks to those who need them.
Dane County announces a program designed to deliver 100,000 free face masks to those who need them.(WMTV/Jeremy Nichols)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 9:22 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2020 at 12:08 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Dane County officials plan to distribute tens of thousands of face masks to individuals throughout the region. Their goal is to ensure all residents have one they can wear during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, Dane Co. Executive Joe Parisi and Dept. of Emergency Management Director was joined by community partners to roll out the program. Teaming together with Public Health Madison Dane County, Emergency Management, the Human Services Dept., and the Library, officials hope to make 100,000 masks available at community centers, churches, schools, food pantries, and other locations where they can get into the hands (and on the faces) of underserved communities.

“We want to keep people safe, especially those already struggling to meet basic needs like food and shelter. This effort will improve local access to masks and help our community slow the spread of COVID-19,” Parisi explained.

According to the county, it has already spent $150,000 to obtain the masks and is working with almost 100 agencies to hand them out. So far, more than 65,000 have been distributed. Officials are also working with Dane Co. Mask Makers on smaller orders, which gives away masks donated by community members.

Dane County officials announced the program two days after its county-wide indoor mask requirement went into effect.

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