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Free face masks being distributed in some areas of Manatee County

Posted at 5:03 AM, May 11, 2020

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Free face masks are being distributed in some areas of Manatee County that are most impacted by the coronavirus this week, according to a press release.

The masks will be distributed at sites throughout Palmetto, Bradenton and South Manatee County.

County Commission District 2, served by Commissioner Reggie Bellamy, consists of the unincorporated areas around Bradenton and Palmetto on both sides of the Manatee River; and County Commission District 4, served by Commissioner Misty Servia, in the areas of South Manatee County.

Commissioner Servia will distribute masks on Monday, May 11 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the Transit Fleet Facility at 2411 Tallevast Rd. The commissioner will also offer free hand sanitizer refills to anyone who brings a pump or squeeze container.

"There's been a great response to the face mask giveaways we've done in the past, so I know the need is out there," said Commissioner Servia. "The whole community response has been phenomenal and I'm so happy to be able to bring some help to the residents of the Tallevast area."

According to a press release, Commissioner Bellamy recently worked with Figgers Wireless and MCR Health to obtain several thousand KN-95 face masks. They will be distributed at all MCR Health locations in Manatee County starting Monday.

The distribution will take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last. The limit is one mask per person and the person must be present to get a mask.

The masks are also available from 12 - 2 p.m. at the following youth centers:

  • Palmetto Youth Center, 501 17th St W, Palmetto
  • Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St E, Palmetto
  • 13th Avenue Dream Center, 922 24th St E, Bradenton

"Many people in my district not only have a great need for protection against the coronavirus, but many others are wanting to step up and offer a hand to their neighbor," said Commissioner Bellamy. "I'm proud that we've been able to forge a partnership with Figgers Wireless and MCR Health to get needed resources into the homes of our residents in most need. These face masks will help protect thousands of people from the spread of germs."

According to the release, the masks are disposable, but can be used more than once as long as they are not soiled. Use clean hands whenever putting the mask on or taking it off. If the mask is clean after wearing, fold it in half so the outside surfaces tough each other and store it in a paper bag or plastic bag, but leave the plastic bag open.