Texas agency to distribute free masks to those tested for coronavirus at state-run locations

Texans who receive a coronavirus tests at a state-run mobile testing site will now be provided four free face masks. (Courtesy Pexels)
Texans who receive a coronavirus tests at a state-run mobile testing site will now be provided four free face masks. (Courtesy Pexels)

Texans who receive a coronavirus tests at a state-run mobile testing site will now be provided four free face masks. (Courtesy Pexels)

Starting June 25, the Texas Division of Emergency Management will distribute four masks free of charge to every Texan who is tested for the coronavirus at a state-run mobile test site, according to a press release from Gov. Greg Abbott.

"Wearing a mask or facial covering in public is an effective way for Texans to protect themselves and others from the transmission of COVID-19," Abbott said in the June 24 release. "This program helps ensure that Texans have the resources they need to effectively mitigate the spread of this virus and keep themselves and their communities safe. I continue to urge all Texans to do their part by taking necessary precautions that will reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout our state."


The three-ply surgical masks are provided in partnership with the Texas Military Department.

The map below from TDEM and the Texas Department of State Health Services shows COVID-19 testing locations.

By Claire Shoop
Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.


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