Delaware will not be at the moment among the many states distributing N95 masks to residents, because the omicron variant continues to surge.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that his state’s Well being Division will distribute 20 million N95 and KN95 masks to residents subsequent week. The neighboring state doesn’t have a masks mandate.
This announcement got here simply after President Joe Biden announced earlier within the day that the White Home will make “high-quality masks” out there to Individuals without charge. Connecticut and town of New Orleans have additionally offered N95 masks to residents.
With the emergence of the extremely contagious omicron variant, public well being officers are urging folks to put on masks to forestall the unfold of the virus. Gov. John Carney introduced this week that the state was reinstating its indoor masks mandate for many public areas.
Delaware is within the midst of its worst battle towards the pandemic as an onslaught of COVID-19 hospitalizations have resulted in a critical pressure on Delaware hospitals, forcing many to enter into disaster mode.
In a COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Delaware Division of Public Well being, urged Delawareans this week to put on masks which have a number of layers, particularly one that matches snuggly on the face as a result of the omicron variant is so transmissible.
For these eager to put on material masks, Rattay stated they should have a number of layers and they should match tightly. She stated KN95 and N95 masks are OK. Most of these masks are usually costlier than surgical or material masks.
A spokesman stated in a press release Wednesday that the well being division will not be “at the moment distributing masks to the general public.” Well being officers are encouraging the “preservation of N95 masks for well being care employees.”
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