Kenosha County receives 100,000 masks for public distribution

KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Residents of Kenosha County will soon have access to free masks to help fight the spread of coronavirus amid the ongoing surge caused by the omicron variant.

Kenosha County Health Director Dr. Jennifer Freiheit told CBS 58 the county ordered 440,000 masks two weeks ago from the state stockpile. Dr. Freiheit added the county received 100,000 masks from that order on Jan. 19.

"We are already distributing them to many agencies today, including all of the public libraries and senior centers," Dr. Freiheit said. "We will be alerting the general public tomorrow about where they can pick up masks.”

More information on distribution is expected Friday, Jan. 21.

The effort follows a similar one in the city of Milwaukee earlier this month when one million masks were distributed to the public.

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