In this April 24, 2020, file photo, packages of KN95 protective face masks are seen at Dadeland South Station in Miami. Credit: Wilfredo Lee / AP

Catholic Charities Maine plans to distribute tens of thousands of masks to help protect Mainers from the coronavirus pandemic.

The organization said Wednesday it has received 73,000 KN95 masks from Catholic Charities USA and will distribute them in Maine. KN95 masks are one of many kinds of facial coverings people are using to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Catholic Charities Maine Chief Executive Officer Steve Letourneau said the organization is using partnerships with local organizations and contacts in communities “to get these out to as many folks as possible, as soon as possible.”

Catholic Charities said it will work to get masks to immigrant communities and other marginalized groups.