WADENA — Tri-County Health Care scheduled free face mask distribution events for five area communities — Ottertail, Verndale, Henning, Bertha and Sebeka — after providing over 2,000 masks to community members in Wadena earlier this month.

This initiative is part of the goal to distribute adult and children’s masks to health care workers’ families, regional congregate living facilities and community members.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face masks in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in grocery stores and pharmacies. The masks are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent people who may be asymptomatic from transmitting it to others.

“The safety of our patients, staff, friends, families and communities continues to be a top priority,” stated Ryan Damlo, Tri-County Health Care Foundation executive director, in a news release. “We want to give everyone the opportunity to have a mask and help take a step toward our goal of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the health of our communities.”

Distribution of the free face masks will be done via a drive-thru line so community members will not need to leave their vehicles. There will be signs directing traffic to the mask distribution location.

Upcoming mask distribution dates and locations:

  • Ottertail: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 27, Ottertail Clinic, 232 MN Highway 78 N.; \u0009

  • Verndale: 4-7 p.m. May 27, Verndale School parking lot, 411 SW Brown St.;

  • Henning: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 28, Henning Fire Hall, 607 Second St.;

  • Bertha: 4-7 p.m. May 28, Bertha-Hewitt School, Door No. 1, 310 Central Ave.;

  • Sebeka: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29, Sebeka Clinic, 106 Minnesota Ave.

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