Masks and Sanitizer Available to Vulnerable Neighborhoods

Under Virginia’s Health Equity Pilot Program, the City will distribute personal protective equipment and public health information in the Western Bayside, Green Run, Rosemont and Seatack communities.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

​The City of Virginia Beach is partnering with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Commonwealth's Health Equity Task Force to distribute 20,000 masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to targeted Virginia Beach communities.

Distribution events will be held throughout August, with several scheduled in conjunction with free COVID-19 testing hosted by the Virginia Beach Department of Health.

Distribution Events:

Saturday, Aug. 8 – Free PPE and COVID testing
10 a.m. – noon
Level Green Park, 1520 Level Green Boulevard
(Between Commonwealth Drive and Clear Springs Court)

Saturday, Aug. 15 – Free PPE only, no testing
9 a.m. – noon 
Outside Grand Mart International Foods, 649 Newtown Road

Saturday, Aug. 22 – Free PPE and COVID testing
10 a.m. – noon
Lake Edward Park, 704 Hampshire Lane

Saturday, Aug. 29 – Free PPE only, no testing
9 a.m. – noon 
Outside Grand Mart International Foods, 649 Newtown Road

Additional events will be announced as plans are finalized.

The bags of personal protective equipment (PPE) are earmarked for high-risk communities. In addition to masks and sanitizer, bags will contain information from the Health Equity Task Force on COVID-19 and mask-washing instructions. They will also include a reminder to complete the 2020 Census and important hurricane preparedness information.

This state-local partnership, launched by Governor Ralph Northam on May 11, is designed to increase equitable access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and public health information in underserved and historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The Health Equity Leadership Task Force identified communities using indicators such as chronic diseases, household income, age, disability status and other important health factors.

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