Union County, NJ – The Union County Freeholder Board will distribute 90,000 face masks to all 21 municipalities later this week free of charge, as part of “Mask Up UC,” a countywide public safety campaign to encourage all County residents to wear face masks and safeguard themselves and others from potential exposure to COVID-19.
Mask Up UC launched last May with the delivery of 100,000 free face masks to the 21 municipalities, which distributed them locally.
The new delivery of 90,000 masks will again be provided to municipal agencies for local distribution.
“As more is known about the COVID-19 virus, there is no question that masks are the most effective tool for prevention available to everyone now, and masks will continue to play an essential role in protecting public health even after a vaccine is available,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.
“The countywide distribution program enables local leaders to provide their residents with increased access to donated masks, as part of the strong county/local partnerships that engage the Freeholder Board’s civic mission of fostering public safe and healthy during every phase of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Freeholder Angela R. Garretson, who is Chair of the Public Safety Committee.
Other public safety resources authorized by the Freeholder Board during the COVID-19 outbreak include the free Union County Drive-Through Covid-19 Test Center at Kean University, and free walk-up saliva tests at various locations provided by the Union County Mobile COVID-19 Test Unit.
The Drive-Through Test Center is now offering a new three-panel nasal swab test that provides results for flu types A and B as well as COVID-19, in order to provide additional information to County residents during the flu season. The new swab test is also more comfortable and less invasive than the test administered earlier in the outbreak.
For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 and updates on statewide vaccine planning are available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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