August 10, 2020
“Masks are Medicine” campaign opens
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County is gearing up to give away 10 million face masks in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Officials said Friday that the masks will be distributed by local nonprofits working in the community, as well as houses of worship and local businesses. In addition, everyone who visits a county or state-run testing location, will receive masks.

That could translate to four masks for every one of the county's 2-and-a-half million residents.

The county is urging everyone to join the fight against COVID by making a pledge or promise to wear a face cover whenever leaving the home and to avoid social gatherings.

County officials detailed the community action plan Friday outside the publically-closed County Administrative Center. It was partially closed June 26th when 200 county employees were tested for the virus. At last report, three employees tested positive. All county buildings were closed to the public earlier this month and services shifted to online.
Story Date: August 9, 2020
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