IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Free KN95 Face Masks for Calhoun County Residents
The Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) has received a surplus of KN95 face masks to be distributed throughout Calhoun County. The CCPHD has partnered with community service organizations and churches to ensure accessing these masks is easy, convenient, and free throughout the county. High-filtration masks, such as KN95s, provide greater protection against the omicron COVID-19 variant. The CDC updated its mask guidance last week and recommended that residents wear properly-fitted N95 and KN95 masks, as those coverings have been shown to be more effective at protecting individuals from the omicron variant.

These masks will be available beginning Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.

KN95 face masks can be picked up at the following locations beginning Friday, Jan. 28, 2022:

Albion Health Care Alliance - 115 Market Pl, Albion, MI 49224
Burma Center - 765 Upton Ave, Springfield, MI 49037
Central Christian Church - 713 Riverside Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49015
Dexter Lake Church of God - 1555 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Fountain Clinic - 111 N Jefferson St # 1, Marshall, MI 49068
Kingdom Builders - 50 Spencer St, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Love Thy Neighbor Food Pantry - 1391 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Second Missionary Baptist Church - 485 N Washington Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49037
St. Philip Catholic Church - 112 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017
St. Thomas Episcopal Church - 16 E. Van Buren St, Battle Creek, MI 49017
Voces - 520 W. Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49037
*Limit 5 face masks per household.

Face masks are also available at the Toeller Building (190 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI) and the Albion Health Department (214 E Michigan Ave, Albion, MI). Office hours for both locations are, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1- 4:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m.-Noon. At all distribution locations, please be patient and treat employees or volunteers with respect.

The CCPHD works hard to meet the needs of our community and keep them safe and healthy by setting-up COVID-19 testing sites and administering vaccines and boosters. We are proud to continue to serve our residents, now through KN95 mask distribution. Free masks in these trusted locations throughout the county ensures everyone has access. Our work to distribute high-quality masks is an extension of our commitment to providing equitable access to the tools necessary to combat COVID-19.

Residents who need masks can pick one up from partner sites across the state. Find a distribution site at Michigan.gov/MaskUpMichigan. You may also visit the CCPHD COVID page to find more KN95 face mask distributers in Calhoun County.

These masks are provided in addition to 400 million N95 masks being made available by the Biden administration to pharmacies and health centers from the Strategic National Stockpile. CVS, Costco, Meijer, Walgreens, Kroger, Rite Aid, Walmart and Sam's Club are among the many Michigan retailers that joined the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program to begin free distribution of N95 masks. 
For information, contact the Public Information Officers
Lucy Blair, Calhoun County Communications Manager

Victor Jovanovich, Public Health Department Communications Specialist

Jessica Vanderkolk, City of Battle Creek Communications Manager