February 9, 2022

County Providing Free N95 Masks and COVID-19 Test Kits at Libraries

Montgomery County residents can pick up free, adult-sized N95 masks and COVID-19 test kits at 19 Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) branches. Along with getting COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, wearing a well-fitting mask in indoor public settings or in crowds is important protection from the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its mask guidance to emphasize protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19. N-95, KN-95 and KF-94 respirators are masks that have been shown to provide higher levels of protection against COVID-19.

The distribution of rapid at-home test kits will continue while supplies last. Each kit contains two tests.

“A key element that helps reduce community transmission is the wearing of a high-quality face covering,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “We know that masks work and having these higher quality face masks as compared to simple face coverings, increases protection. We have these masks available in our stockpile because we planned. I appreciate the work of our Department of Health and Human Services, emergency management, procurement and general services teams for getting them and thank our libraries for ensuring this distribution system is effective, efficient, and equitable.”

Residents may pick up four adult-sized ZYB-11 masks (a brand of n-95 mask) at 19 County libraries. Child-size masks are not available. Supplies are limited and the masks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

MCPL branches distributing masks from noon-2 p.m., Monday through Saturday, are:
MCPL branches distributing masks from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 3-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday are:
The masks being distributed at libraries were purchased directly by the County and deliveries will be ongoing as supplies last and the Omicron surge continues. When masks are available from the State, those masks will be integrated into the distribution process.

More information about masks, testing and vaccination is available on the County’s COVID-19 website.