LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – University of Kentucky students now have a useful resource in fighting the pandemic.

In an effort to keep in-person learning an option, the University of Kentucky is handing out KN95 masks to students at no cost to them.

To get them, the student’s Linkblue ID must be presented at distribution sites. There is a limit of 2 per student.

Mask distribution isn’t new to the university. In past semesters, students have been given cloth masks.

The KN95 masks specifically are new this semester and are thought to provide better protection, especially with the rise of the omicron variant.

Student wellness ambassador Kate Reardon is one who hands out these masks to students. She said she appreciates how the university is taking health and safety as a high priority.

“It’s thought that these masks might be a little bit better than the cloth masks, and UK really wants to do what’s best for the students. With the rise in coronavirus cases, we thought that it’d be best to start handing out more masks to the students,” Reardon said.