Health department resumes free mask distribution

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 16, 2020 10:46 AM CT | Published: June 10, 2020 5:43 PM CT

The Shelby County Health Department will resume dispensing fabric face masks from its offices at 814 Jefferson and its other facilities around the county.

The masks, provided in partnership with Gov. Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group, have been declared safe for human use by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Health.

The masks are treated with a chemical called Silvadur 930, an antimicrobial that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

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Fabrics in many items are treated with Silvadur 930, including sheets, pillowcases, athletic wear and underwear. According to EPA, once Silvadur 930 is incorporated into the fabric, it is extremely unlikely it would be inhaled. The EPA says inhalation is not a health concern.

Limited quantities of free masks are available at the following locations from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Collierville clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays only. No appointment is needed.

- Cawthon Public Health Clinic, 1000 Haynes, 38114; 

- Collierville Public Health Clinic (Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3:30); 167 Washington St., 38017;  

- Hickory Hill Public Health Clinic, 6590 Kirby Center Cove, 38118; 

- Shelby Crossing Public Health Clinic, 6170 Macon Road, 38133; 

- Southland Mall Public Health Clinic, 1287 Southland Mall, 38116. (Closed now; reopening Monday, June 15.)

The health department also provides masks for partnering agencies to distribute.

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Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts

Longtime journalist Jane Roberts is a Minnesotan by birth and a Memphian by choice. She's lived and reported in the city more than two decades. She covers business news and features for The Daily Memphian.


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