FILE PHOTO — Hand-sewn masks

Thurston County Emergency Management will be distributing close to 128,500 cloth masks to local organizations to aid in the distribution to local families and individuals who fall below the 200 percent federal poverty level, according to a press release from the county.

The mask distribution, as directed by the governor’s office through the State Emergency Operations Center, is intended to help protect low income families and individuals and help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. It also provides access to masks for low income individuals as the public health guidelines encourage use.

The first shipment of masks was expected to arrive either Friday, June 19, or early next week from the State Emergency Operations Center. Thurston County Emergency Management will deliver the masks to each organization as they receive shipments.

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