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Free masks offered at LCHS

by CRAIG NORTHRUP
Staff Writer | August 5, 2020 2:06 PM

Free masks will be offered on Thursday at Lake City High School.

The giveaway in the parking lot near the football field is part of the “Wear A Mask” campaign, which was spearheaded by local leaders to promote wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Projects like this serve as a reminder that we’re all in this together and that those, like our local firefighters, who always look out for us continue to do so,” ,” Coeur d’Alene councilmember Kiki Miller said. “With each other’s help, we will get through this.”

Andrea Nagel, communications specialist for Kootenai Health, said Kootenai Health supports the use of masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“This practice is recommended by the CDC and is a practice we instituted companywide back in April,” she said. “Helping to supply our community with resources and education to protect themselves and others is the right thing to do.”

Volunteeers, first responders and representatives from Kootenai Health will be at LCHS from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to pass out roughly 4,000 masks in a drive-thru format.

Drivers are encouraged to come through the Hanley Avenue entrance, pick up their masks and exit on Ramsey Road.

“Having it here in a high school parking lot definitely gives us an opportunity to host a large, successful event, and that’s what we’re hopeful for,” said Craig Etherton of the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department.

Etherton said the fire department’s mission is to help people.

“The views and guidance from the CDC and the recommendation from the governor is that masks help slow the spread of this disease in our community,” Etherton said. “That’s what we want to do: keep our community healthy and safe. And that’s why we’re glad to be participating in this.”