Supplies is being provided to Manassas residents who are in need.
City staff and volunteers are packing more than 5,000 bags of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Each bag contains four masks, hand sanitizer and information about how community members can prevent the virus from spreading.
So far, more than 1,000 bags have been handed out, according to a release from the City of Manassas.
The Commonwealth’s Health Equity Task Force Program’s Pilot Program is providing the items.
“The City of Manassas is happy to be working with the Commonwealth and the Health Equity Task Force on this endeavor,” Mayor Hal Parrish said in a release. “Anything we can do to help our neighbors during this pandemic is a win for our community.”
Through various pieces of data, including chronic diseases and income, the program is able to determine areas that contain residents who are less fortunate or high risk.
Coronavirus cases continue to increase across the state, according to Governor Northam’s Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Janice Underwood.
Underwood added that wearing a mask, practicing hygiene, and remaining at home when possible are necessary to protect others.
“Under-resourced communities have disproportionately carried the burden of COVID-19, but collaboration with localities like the City of Manassas highlight Virginia’s commitment to local-state partnerships that promote an equitable response and recovery from this deadly disease,” Underwood said in a release.
More than 500,000 cloth masks and 420,000 bottles of hand sanitizer have been distributed in Virginia.
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