Face mask giveaway continues in Manatee County's most impacted COVID-19 areas


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Face mask giveaway continues in Manatee County's most impacted COVID-19 areas
Posted on 05/14/2020

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 14, 2020) – Commissioner Misty Servia will host another face mask and hand sanitizer giveaway tomorrow morning in South Manatee County. Face masks remain available at three area youth centers and MCR Health locations throughout Manatee County.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. 

South County/Tallevast distribution

Tomorrow from 8:30 - 10 a.m., Commissioner Servia will give out face masks and offer gel hand sanitizer refills to anyone who brings a small plastic pump or squeeze container, 10 ounces or less. The event will be at the Transit Fleet Transit Fleet Facility at 2411 Tallevast Rd.

"Turnout has been overwhelming at these events and we're doing what we can to host more," said Commissioner Servia. "People are so kind when they arrive. For Friday's event we're just asking people to bring smaller plastic containers for the hand sanitizer so that there's enough for everyone to have some."

Palmetto, Bradenton distribution

Commissioner Reggie Bellamy recently worked with Figgers Wireless and MCR Health to obtain several thousand KN-95 face masks approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The face masks continue to be given at all MCR Health locations in Manatee County Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to receive a free mask. (Limit one per person. Must be present to receive a mask). Masks are available while supplies last. 

Masks are also available during the hours of noon and 2 p.m. at three youth centers in Manatee County while supplies last:

  • 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

"People are grateful for these materials and we're grateful to be able to help," said Commissioner Bellamy.

The free face masks being given away are disposable but they can be used more than once if they are not soiled. Use clean, sanitized hands whenever a disposable face mask is put on or removed from the face. If the mask is clean after wearing, it should be folded in half (lengthwise or widthwise) and then folded so the outside surfaces touch each other. Place the folded mask in a sealed paper bag or, if you use a plastic bag leave it open.

View the latest on Manatee County's community-wide effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by visiting www.mymanatee.org/COVID-19 or text ManateeReady to 888-777. For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.