CRANFORD - Union County Freeholders Angela R. Garretsonn, Bette Jane Kowalski, and Chris Hudak delivered 4,000 masks to Cranford this past Thursday as part of the “Mask Up UC” initiative.

“Mask Up UC” is a County-wide public safety campaign to encourage all County residents to wear face masks and safeguard themselves and others from potential exposure to COVID-19. The Union County Freeholder Board will distribute a total of 100,000 face masks to its 21 municipalities. 

“These masks are being provided free of charge to local agencies, who are working with County personnel to determine priorities and identify those most in need,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

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According to Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin, the masks will be used by the Library, Recreation Department, Board of Education, and Cranford Senior Housing.

“The 'Mask Up UC' initiative will help fill a critical need of facial mask that enables county residents to prevent the spread of COVID-19. By supporting our county in this endeavor, we hope to continue to make progress toward safely restoring economic activity and civic life,” said Freeholder and Public Safety Committee Chair Angela R. Garretson.

“Fighting the COVID-19 crisis is an all-hands-on-deck effort. By purchasing and distributing these masks free of charge we hope to ensure that everyone in Union County has access to a mask and can help protect our community,” said County Manager Edward T. Oatman.