Houston councilmenber to host mask giveaway at Kingwood Park and Ride tomorrow - Chron
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Lake Houston area residents can receive free masks at a distribution event beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 7.
Officials from Houston City Council District E will be handing out 2,500 masks on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kingwood Metro Park and Ride located at 3210 Rustic Woods. Those who arrive can receive up to four face masks per vehicle. The masks can be used up to three times, according to Jessica Beemer, District E office chief of staff.
Those who are handing out the face masks to vehicles are taking necessary precautions, including wearing gloves that are changed out every 30 minutes, wearing face coverings and not making physical contact with residents while handing out masks. Volunteers are being asked to sanitize between glove changes.
Mayor Sylvester Turner provided the District E office with the necessary face masks, Beemer said.
“We do our best to meet the needs of our community which is why we are also conducting no contact home deliveries of masks to residents,” Beemer said in an emailed statement.
This is the second mask giveaway hosted by city of Houston officials in Kingwood.
The office of Dave Martin, who serves as Mayor Pro Tem and District E Councilmember, has delivered 5,000 masks to the district’s nonprofit organizations, churches, senior assisted living centers and apartment complexes, as well as partnered with local school district food distributors and to residences, according to the monthly District E email. By May 8, their office expects to have provided 10,000 masks to the entire district, which also includes the Clear Lake area.
At the last District E mask distribution, 1050 three-ply masks were provided to the community during the two hour event.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face masks in public places where social or physical distancing is difficult to maintain, such as a grocery store, to aid in flattening the curve.
“Residents should wear a mask especially if they are coughing or sneezing but keep in mind that masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning,” Beemer said in an emailed statement. “These masks must also be disposed of and not reused more than three times, which is why we are also passing out no-sew mask instructions with our masks.”
For more information on how to make a cloth face mask, or on the use of masks, visit the CDC website here.