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Johns Hopkins University and Medicine distributes 85k face masks

Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 17:27:38-04

BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins University and Medicine helped Baltimore residents get the protection they need Tuesday.

The institution partnered with The Door and The Mix Churches to distribute 85,000 reusable face masks.

More than 50 community groups, neighborhood associations, and faith-based institutions stopped by to pick up the masks. Masks will also be distributed through Johns Hopkins’ Food Access Program. Families will pick up them up when they collect their weekly food box.

"Washing your hands, social distancing and wearing a mask are three of the primary ways to stay safe,” said Michael Preston, the Director of Community Affairs for Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. “In addition to giving out the masks today we also have health information that we're sharing in English and Spanish for our community."

The masks were donated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Preparedness and Response. The masks are 100% cotton, washable, and reusable up to 15 times.