3 Million Masks Donated To Georgia Department Of Education

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is donating three million cloth face coverings to the Georgia Department of Education and 39 county emergency management agencies across the state in July.

Gov Brian Kemp's office made the announcement Tuesday.

The cloth face coverings are washable and reusable, The objective is to help protect citizens, teachers and students as they prepare to return to school and work in the coming months.

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Homer Bryson said "The distribution of these face coverings is in line with current CDC guidance suggesting that they be used when social distancing measures are hard to maintain,"

"Since many carriers of COVID-19 are asymptomatic, they can unwittingly spread the disease to those around them. Wearing a face covering is a simple step that can be taken to reduce the risk of transmission by those infected."

The Department of Education will receive two million of the face coverings to provide to students and teachers as they return for the new school year.

School systems will have the flexibility to determine how to distribute the masks.

For more information on the Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia Department of Education's guidance for a safe return to in-person instruction, visit gadoe.org/K12recovery.

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