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Chamber offers N95 masks to local businesses

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has a stockpile of 5,000 N95 masks, and will distribute them to any local business who needs them to protect unvaccinated employees.

The masks were made available by the state of California in an effort to keep both the vaccinated and unvaccinated public safe from COVID-19. The state offered the masks to local chambers of commerce, but only three in Sonoma County took advantage. The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce will supply any businesses who requests them a one-month supply of masks to start.

The chamber is calculating each unvaccinated employee will require an average of 21 masks per month, based on a rough estimate of average workdays per month. For a company with 12 unvaccinated employees, for instance, the chamber will provide 280 N95 masks, rounding up as the masks come in packages of 20.

Local businesses interested should reach out to info@sonomachamber.org or call 996-1033. Chamber staff will appropriate the correct number of masks based on individual businesses’ need, and schedule pickup at chamber offices at 651 Broadway.

“We are excited to be able to help keep our community safe as we re-open our local economy,” Chamber CEO Mark Bodenhamer said in a press release announcing the program.

For more information on the state’s PPE program for local businesses, go to saferatwork.covid19.ca.gov/n95-distribution.

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