Metro Public Health Department cancels cloth mask giveaways Saturday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Metro Nashville Health Department announced they’ve cancelled cloth mask giveaways scheduled for Saturday until they can get more information from state health officials.  

MPHD is investigating whether the free face masks are sprayed with pesticides before giving away anymore.  

In a statement to News 2, a spokesperson for MPHD said:

“The Metro Public Health Department learned yesterday afternoon that the masks that have been provided by the Governor’s Unified Command Group have been sprayed with a product. We are waiting to hear more from the State about the product so until we know we have decided out of abundance of caution to postpone today’s mask giveaway.”

Brian Todd, MPHD

The health department received 180,000 cloth masks from the Governor’s Unified Command Group. Over the last few weeks, they’ve been distributing those throughout the community.  

Four mask giveaway locations were planned for Saturday.  

The department said they’re waiting to get more information from state health officials before making decisions about future mask giveaways.  

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(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST for every county other than Davidson. Information for Davidson comes from the Metro Public Health Department.)

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