City of Chicago Distributes 1.5 million KN95 Masks for Residents

City of Chicago Distributes 1.5 million KN95 Masks for Residents

Jan 13, 2022

City of Chicago Distributes 1.5 million KN95 Masks for Residents

As part of ongoing efforts to protect residents from COVID-19 and the highly contagious omicron variant, the City of Chicago distributed 1.5 million KN95 masks to Chicago residents through aldermanic offices and community groups. 

All 50 Aldermen and more than 100 community-based organizations that partner with the City’s Racial Equity Rapid Response Team and the Healthy Chicago Equity Zones received a supply of masks to distribute to residents within their service areas. Chicagoans who are interested in getting a KN95 mask should contact their aldermen or community leaders for details on when and where the masks will be available. 

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals over the age of 2 are encouraged to wear a mask when they leave home. The most important thing for wearing any mask is to make sure it fits snuggly across your face with no gaps. 

While all facial masks and coverings worn properly are effective at preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, KN95 masks and other well-fitted masks offer better protection against the new highly contagious omicron variant. In addition to those being distributed by Aldermen and community groups, KN95 masks are widely available from a variety of online and retailer stores. 

While surgical masks and KN95 masks are intended for single use in clinical settings, when used as mitigation measures in community settings they may be reused for an extended period of time.  

  • Do not attempt to wash your KN95. To keep your KN95 clean between uses, you can store it in a dry paper bag.  
  • Perform hand hygiene before putting on or taking off any mask or face covering 
  • Discard if: 
    • Soiled 
    • Damaged 
    • Becomes stretched out, no longer covers the nose and mouth, or cannot stay on your face 
    • Is hard to breathe through