Free N95 masks available at Meijer stores

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To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Meijer stores now have free N95 masks on hand for customers made available through the Biden administration.

Metro Detroit Meijer stores as well as those across the Midwest are participating in the federal free N95 mask program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Grand Rapids-based chain announced Monday that it is providing free N95 masks to customers who need them. Meijer received about 3 million masks from the program, according to a news release.

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The N95 masks will be on a table near the grocery entrance and greeter stand. A Meijer greeter, who will be wearing gloves, will arrange the masks in piles of three for customers to take.

Last week, the Biden administration announced plans to distribute 400 million N95 masks from the National Strategic Stockpile to tens of thousands of local pharmacies and health centers across the country.

Distributing the masks is based on public health officials' recommendations to upgrade face masks to N95 amid the highly transmissible omicron coronavirus variant. Wearing a mask is a "critical tool to preventing spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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