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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 19, 2020
Contact:
Meghan Porter, Public Information Supervisor, 360-490-0562, or email at meghan.porter@co.thurston.wa.us 

Thurston County Distributing More Than 128,000 Cloth Masks for Low-Income Individuals and Families
Local organizations will make masks available to families and people who fall below the 200% poverty level

OLYMPIA – Thurston County Emergency Management (TCEM) will be distributing close to 128,500 cloth masks to local organizations to aid in the distribution to local families and individuals that fall below the 200% federal poverty level. 

The mask distribution, as directed by the Governor’s Office through the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), is intended to help protect low income families and individuals and help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It also provides access to masks for low income individuals as the public health guidelines encourage use.  

The first shipment of masks is expected to arrive either today, Friday, June 19, or early next week from the SEOC. TCEM will deliver the masks to each organization as they receive shipments.  

Organizations and Mask Distribution Numbers:
​Thurston County Food Bank
​53,370
​Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE)
​4,000
​South Sound Senior Services
​6,000
​Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia (CIELO)
​5,000
​Community Action Council
​10,000
​Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS)
​5,000
​Rochester Organization of Families (ROOF) Community Services
​15,000
​Salvation Army
​5,000
​South Sound YMCA
​20,000
​County Reserve – Will Distribute as Needed
​5,000

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3