ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- To protect local senior citizens who are more susceptible to COVID-19 (coronavirus), Robbinsville Township announced on Tuesday that the Office of Emergency Management is making KN95 face masks available for residents over the age of 60.   

Last week, the F.D.A. issued an emergency use authorization for KN95 mask that are almost identical in performance to N95 masks that can prevent the transmission of the virus.  The Centers for Disease control list KN95 masks as a suitable alternative when N95s are not available. 

Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  

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The Township gave some guidelines for using the masks properly.  Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  The metal part of the KN 95 mask goes above the bridge of your nose and all lettering upright. If you are using the N95 mask, the foam should be on the bridge of your nose and all lettering upright.  Cover your mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. 

Additionally, avoid touching the mask while using it.  Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.  KN95 masks are re-usable, however it must be replaced if it becomes wet or moist.

To remove the mask: take it off from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water for at least 20 seconds

The free KN95 masks are available while supplies last, one per-person, only to Robbinsville Township Seniors Ages 60+ only.   To make pick-up arrangements of a mask, contact Renee Burns at the Robbinsville Senior Center between  9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at (609) 575-2032.

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