OKC mask giveaways continue throughout October, 144,000 already handed out

The city of Oklahoma City will be handing out free masks throughout October. State data confirms public health officials’ advice: masks slow the spread of COVID-19.

Oklahoma City residents can get a free box of disposable face masks every Thursday in October when they drop off hazardous waste at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 1621 S Portland Ave. 

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Lines formed when the city gave away thousands of masks on two Saturdays in September. Spokeswoman Kristy Yager said about 2,880 vehicles lined up for the giveaways: “We gave away 144,000 masks.”

Oklahoma City’s mask ordinance requires masks be worn indoors in places open to the public. Exceptions include offices and churches. The ordinance expires Oct. 20 unless the city council extends it.

A statewide streak of nine consecutive days with 1,000-plus new daily COVID-19 cases was broken Saturday, when new cases dipped to 990. New case counts were 823 Sunday and 861 Monday.

State figures based on a seven-day average show jurisdictions with mask mandates had 23% fewer new cases and jurisdictions without mask mandates had 33% more cases, OKC emergency management reported.

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