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Franklin County Handing Out Free Face Masks

Dec 11, 2020
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Franklin County is giving away 20,000 free face masks.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency is handing the cloth masks out to Franklin County residents to help combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

The masks will be provided in packs of five.

The following are distribution sites for the county:

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