Sullivan Distributing Nearly 35k KN95 Masks

MONTICELLO – Sullivan County Community Resources Commissioner Laura Quigley and Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Farney late Monday announced that the County has received 34,500 KN95 masks from the State and is ready to distribute them.

“KN95 masks are far more effective than plain cloth masks at filtering out airborne particles, including the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19,” explained Farney. “We’re making these masks available – for free – to any County resident who would like to have one.”

“We’re distributing 4,000 to some of our local housing complexes, starting this week, and we welcome more complexes to give our Community Assistance Center a call (845-807-0925) if they would like masks for their residents,” Quigley stated. “For the general public, we’ll have these masks ready for pickup tomorrow and continuing as long as supplies last. Hopefully it will make a significant dent in the skyrocketing rate of active coronavirus cases we’ve been experiencing.”

Any Sullivan County resident is welcome to come to the County’s Transportation Building between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, December 28 and 29, to pick up masks for themselves and their families. The building is located near the County Airport at 401 County Route 183 (Airport Road), Swan Lake, NY.

The distribution will be a drive-thru event, with residents remaining in their vehicles. Identification showing Sullivan County residency will be required, and drivers should be wearing a mask when conversing with staff and volunteers.

A limited supply of KN95 masks will also be available at the Government Center during normal business hours. Inquire at the Sheriff’s desk in the lobby. (Note that all County facilities will be closing at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 30 and remain closed Friday, December 31, reopening Monday, January 3, 2022.)

The State has indicated that more masks – and at-home test kits – will be delivered in the coming weeks.

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