CCPHD & Chatham public libraries to distribute N95 respirators to Chatham community

Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Public Health Department has received a shipment of 120,000 N95 respirators from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and has begun distributing these masks to the general public in partnership with the Chatham County Public Libraries, as well as community settings, including churches and community-based organizations.

Rita Van Duinen, branch manager of Chatham Community Library, picks up boxes of N95 respirators on Wednesday, February 2

Beginning Thursday, February 3, these masks are available to the general public at the three branches of the Chatham County Public Libraries as supplies allow. Each household can receive one box of 20 masks.

Boxes will be available during operating hours at each branch while supplies last:

PittsboroChatham Community Library197 NC Highway 87 NMonday to Thursday, 9 AM to 8 PM Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Siler CityWren Memorial Library500 N. Second Ave.Monday, 12 PM to 8 PM Tuesday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM
GoldstonGoldston Library9235 Pittsboro-Goldston RoadMonday and Wednesday, 10 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 6 PM Tuesday: Closed Thursday: 10 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 8 PM Friday: 10 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM Saturday, 9 AM to 1 PM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), N95 respirators offer the most protection from spread of virus particles, like those that cause COVID-19, when worn consistently and properly. Additionally, they contain any droplets and particles that come from you. N95 respirators should not be worn with other masks or respirators and should not be used for more than a few days. They should be discarded when they become wet or dirty, or no longer fit correctly.

Scenarios that call for better protection like that provided by N95 respirators include being in crowded indoor settings, especially for long periods of time or where masks are not worn by others. Masks that are loose, with gaps around your face or nose, are not as effective at protecting you or others. Any well-fitting mask continues to be better than no mask. You can learn more about N95 respirators and other masks at

Along with the libraries, the Chatham County Public Health Department will distribute respirators to community settings that serve people at higher risk of exposure to the virus.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and find other resources, visit To find a COVID-19 vaccine location, visit To learn more about the Chatham County Public Health Department, visit or