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State agency receives 2 million face masks for Ohio schools

The masks were made available to the state by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Education, received 2 million face masks this week for Ohio schoolchildren, teachers and administrators. 

The masks were made available to the state by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will be available to Ohio school districts through regional Educational Service Centers.

“This donation helps provide masks for students, teachers and other school staff as they plan for the coming school year,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release.  “Mask wearing is one of the ways to help slow the spread of COVID-19, along with frequent handwashing and maintaining social distancing.”

The KN-95 or KN-90 masks are not medical grade, according to FEMA and the Ohio EMA.

“With the opening of schools around the corner, we’re delighted these masks will be put to good use by Ohio schools,” said Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick.

“The donated masks are another way the department and so many education partners are working to ensure the health and safety of students, educators and staff when school buildings reopen,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria.

The masks were received by Ohio EMA, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, on Monday and are being distributed to certain ESCs this week. School districts should contact their regional ESC on how to receive the masks.