Vernon Township hands out thousands of face masks

  • Chris DePalma, program supervisor for Vernon Township, hands out five face masks to Sandy Josephsen of Vernon Hills. She was first in line Wednesday in Buffalo Grove as the township gave away about 3,000 masks donated by Medline Industries.

      Chris DePalma, program supervisor for Vernon Township, hands out five face masks to Sandy Josephsen of Vernon Hills. She was first in line Wednesday in Buffalo Grove as the township gave away about 3,000 masks donated by Medline Industries. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Sandy Josephsen of Vernon Hills displays the five masks she picked up for her family Wednesday from the Vernon Township office in Buffalo Grove. The township was giving away more than 3,000 donated by Medline Industries.

      Sandy Josephsen of Vernon Hills displays the five masks she picked up for her family Wednesday from the Vernon Township office in Buffalo Grove. The township was giving away more than 3,000 donated by Medline Industries. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Todd Gedville, Vernon Township manager, checks in Buffalo Grove resident Edward Suarez, who was line Wednesday to pick up free face masks.

      Todd Gedville, Vernon Township manager, checks in Buffalo Grove resident Edward Suarez, who was line Wednesday to pick up free face masks. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 4/29/2020 7:24 PM

The early morning downpour Wednesday didn't deter Vernon Hills resident Sandy Josephsen from driving to the Vernon Township office in Buffalo Grove for masks to protect her and her family during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The township Wednesday planned to distribute more than 3,000 face masks donated by Medline Industries, a Northfield-based manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Josephsen said her twin daughters, husband and grandmother would benefit greatly from the free masks. They previously had nothing more than bandannas to cover their faces.

Township Supervisor Jonathan Altenberg said the 3,000 masks are in addition to about 2,000 the township distributed last week.

"Because the village of Buffalo Grove and village of Mundelein being in our (township) and requirements for people to have masks to be in public places there, there is a real problem for finding masks in the area," he said. "With a donation from Medline we want to hand these out and stop the spread of COVID-19."

Masks were made available to all residents of the township, which includes portions of Buffalo Grove, Indian Creek, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Mettawa, Mundelein, Riverwoods, Vernon Hills and Lake Forest.

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