Members of the public interested in receiving a free N95 mask provided by NCDHHS can pick them up at five convenient locations throughout Wake County.
Wake County Public Health will distribute masks at the following locations between 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday while supplies last:
- Wake County Southern Regional Center130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina
- Wake County Northern Regional Center350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest
- Wake County Eastern Regional Center1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon
- Wake County Health & Human Services Center Building2845 Kidd Road, Raleigh
- Wake County Health & Human Services Center10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh
Residents will need to enter the building and pick them up at the information desks at each location. Masks will also be distributed at testing sites and vaccination clinics for those who have an appointment for those services.
The masks being supplied by the state are N95s and have five layers of protective material. These masks provide more protection than cloth and surgical masks.
County staff will also be distributing masks to community partners and organizations in high risk and underserved populations. More than 200,000 masks were supplied to the County.
When choosing a mask, it’s important to check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth and chin. Ways to check that your mask fits correctly include:
- Testing for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask and checking for air flow out the gaps.
- Press down on both sides of the nose bridge wire to secure any gaps there.
- If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.
Do NOT wear masks when:
- It is hard to breathe while wearing them;
- They are wet or dirty;
- Wearing other masks or respirators; and
- As a replacement for NIOSH-approved respiratory protection when required by your job.
Care and use of N95 Masks
The normal storage time limit on this type of masks is generally five years shelf life in a temperature stable, dry, with no exposure to direct sunlight.
N95s can be worn for five days in a row under usual everyday usage and can be stored in brown paper bags to allow for any moisture to evaporate.
They should be disposed of and changed as soon as possible if they become soiled, wet or known to have had a direct exposure to COVID-19.