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City of Virginia Beach to provide free masks, sanitizer to vulnerable communities

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 15:45:05-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - ​The City of Virginia Beach is set to distribute 20,000 masks and bottles of hand sanitzer to those in need starting Thursday.

The city is partnering with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), the Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (VB CERT) and the Commonwealth’s Health Equity Task Force to distribute the supplies.

Bags will be available in at the Green Run Homes Association office starting Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and they are only available at that location to people in Green Run. Residents must verify their address in order to receive supplies.

Additional distribution events will also be held throughout the month of August to any vulnerable Virginia Beach resident.

Some of the events where the items will be given out will be scheduled in conjunction with free COVID-19 testing hosted by the Virginia Beach Department of Health.

Upcoming events open to those in need in Virginia Beach:

  • August 15 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) - Free masks and sanitizer at 649 Newtown Road
  • August 22 ( 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) – COVID-19 testing, free masks and sanitizer at 704 Hampshire Lane
  • August 29 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) – Free masks and sanitizer at 649 Newtown Road

City officials say bags of masks and sanitizer are earmarked for high-risk communities.

Bags will also contain information from the Health Equity Task Force on COVID-19, mask-washing instructions, a reminder to complete the 2020 Census and important hurricane preparedness information.