Thousands of free masks handed out at Annapolis testing site

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Posted at 6:19 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 18:50:47-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Department of Health hosted a mask on Maryland Day at the Annapolis COVID-19 testing site.

There, 5,000 free face masks were handed out.

They were given to the state by D&T Industries, a PPE manufacturer in Elkridge. Each features mask on Maryland logos and other Maryland branding.

The event is the latest in a series of mask on Maryland events to encourage the use of face coverings in public.

The Department of Health and its partners have hosted distribution events like this across the state since July.

More than 60,000 free masks have been given out.

"Even as vaccines become available, we need to protect ourselves and others by wearing our masks. We also ask that the three W's: wash your hands, wear your masks and watch your distance."

Tuesday's event also served as a reminder of the importance of regular COVID-19 testing, with the state continuing to set testing records.

In the last week, nearly 12.5-million tests were reported.

Last Friday, the state saw a one-day record of 66, 618 tests.

The Annapolis site offers free public testing on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Appointments are encouraged but not required.