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King County Distributing 25 Million Face Coverings to Residents, Workers and Businesses

With King County preparing for a transition to Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan, and county and state directives about face coverings in effect, the county is distributing 5 million cloth face coverings and 20 million disposable face coverings to residents, workers, and businesses.

“We made good progress at flattening the curve, and saved thousands of lives, but with increasing activity comes the need for ever-increasing vigilance to protect each other from COVID-19,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “The county is providing these face coverings at no cost so that everyone who needs them can get them.” covid-19 updates, coronavirus updates, covid-19 face covering, covid mask, face mask required for covid-19, why do I have to wear a mask for covid-19, do I have to wear a mask in king county, do I have to wear a mask because of covid-19, covid-19 mask, facemask covid,covid-19

The county’s goal is that each resident could receive two cloth face coverings, which can be washed and re-used. The disposable face coverings are intended for use by customers and community members who don’t have their own face coverings at government offices, retailers, faith-based organizations, and other gathering places. The distribution plan is being finalized with the help of various government agencies and community organizations, including cities, chambers of commerce, the King County Department of Local Services, community-based organizations, religious institutions and unions.

“We have received the first shipment of 1.5 million cloth face coverings and have already distributed them to 16 cities in the county and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce,” said Brendan McCluskey, director of King County Emergency Management.

Due to the high volumes of face coverings, not all will arrive or be shipped out at the same time, and distribution may take about a month.

The King County Council received a supplemental budget request on June 11 which includes about $11 million for the purchase of the 25 million face coverings.

In addition to the recent purchase of 25 million face coverings, King County will receive another 800,000 cloth face coverings from the state which will be distributed by community organizations to residents in need. The county also bought 75,000 17-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer for distribution through the same groups as above, for use by employees and customers.

Separately, King County Emergency Management has already distributed 50,000 cloth face coverings received from the state to community-based organizations, more than 31,500 to cities for employee use, and 48,000 (22,000 from the state and 26,000 purchased) to King County employees.


The above is a press release from King County Emergency Management.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable.

2 Comments

  1. Sandra Sandra June 18, 2020

    How do we get them?

    • Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller June 18, 2020

      The release did not include that information, but I have sent an inquiry. In the interim, you can contact the Joint Information Center, they should have some guidance for you: 206-205-1000

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