JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Josephine County Emergency Management will be setting up locations throughout the county on Thursday to distribute free masks to any local resident still in need of one.
Governor Kate Brown on Monday expanded a statewide mandate — one which already required face coverings for indoor public spaces — to include outdoor areas where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.
Josephine County said that it received a number of non-medical grade face masks from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management for distribution to the public. One reusable mask will be available for each adult in a household, but the masks are not washable.
“This will be helpful for those immediately in need of a mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Sara Rubrecht, Josephine County emergency manager. “However, citizens should also make sure to have access to a few reusable and washable face coverings or face shields for everyday use.”
Some masks were set aside for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and can be requested directly through the Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce or the Illinois Valley Chamber.
"A flier explaining the use and care of the mask will be included as part of the distribution," Josephine County said.
Masks will be passed out on July 16 at the following locations and times:
- Grants Pass
- Josephine County Fairgrounds (1451 Fairgrounds Road)
- 10 a.m. to noon and 4-6 p.m.
- Illinois Valley
- Illinois Valley Family Coalition (535 E. River St., Cave Junction)
- 10 a.m. to noon
- Williams Fire Station (211 E. Fork Road)
- 4-6 p.m.
- Wolf Creek
- Wolf Creek Community Center (100 Railroad Ave.)
- 10 a.m. to noon
Those receiving masks are asked to observe the following procedures:
- When you reach the front of the line, put your car in park, stay in your car
- Hold up fingers to show number of face masks you need
- Roll down your window to receive your flier and face coverings
- Maintain respectful distancing to keep everything running smoothly