Pikes Peak Library District to distribute thousands of medical-grade masks starting Friday

Use of medical-grade masks over cloth masks has been encouraged since the emergence of the...
Use of medical-grade masks over cloth masks has been encouraged since the emergence of the omicron variant.(KKTV)
Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 12:52 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2022 at 5:56 AM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The Pikes Peak Library District will begin distributing thousands of medical-grade masks this Friday!

The library district received its first shipment from the state Wednesday to the tune of nearly 40,000 masks, split between 28,000 KN95s and 11,400 surgical masks.

The state government announced last week it would be sending hundreds of thousands of higher-quality facial coverings to communities across Colorado. In the face of the most contagious variant yet, health experts have urged use of these medical-grade masks over the popular cloth mask. Since last week, the state is closing in on 2 million masks distributed, including more than 78,000 in El Paso County as of Wednesday.

The library district said it will begin distributing these masks at all 15 of their locations across the county Friday morning. You can find those locations here. You can also get masks from their mobile library services.

Here’s how you can get a mask from the Pikes Peak Library District:

- You must pick them up in person at your local library. You can not pick them up for someone else.

- Each person is limited to five masks a month.

- You do not have to show a library card or ID.

- Libraries will give out masks while supplies lasts.

Staff asks that everyone is patient as they anticipate a high demand for masks.

“People have been excited about receiving these. And other library systems that have received them had said that they had them depleted within hours of just receiving their supply. So we do expect there to be quite a few individuals that will be here,” said Denise Abbott, director of PR and marketing for Pikes Peak Library District.

Below are the current locations in El Paso County that have already received or will be receiving masks:

Security Public Library: 16,000 KN95s and 16,000 surgical masks (Delivered FedEx on Jan. 22)

Green Mountain Falls/Chipita Park: 2,000 KN95s and 1,200 surgical masks (Delivered FedEx on Jan. 22)

Southwestern Highway 115 Fire Protection District: 1,000 KN95s and 600 surgical masks (Delivered FedEx on Jan. 24)

Security Fire Department: 1,000 KN95s and 1,200 surgical masks (Delivered FedEx on Jan. 24)

Pikes Peak Peak Library District: 28,000 KN95s & 11,400 surgical masks (Being delivered Jan. 26, ETA 2:30 p.m.)

Cimarron Hills Fire Department (New request): 3,000 KN95s and 1,200 surgical masks (ETA Jan. 28)

Total Requests from El Paso County locations: 51,000 KN95s and 31,600 surgical masks.

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