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Tallahassee leaders hand out masks in minority communities

Posted at 6:59 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 18:59:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Meeting a need that could help save lives is the goal behind a push to bring masks to communities in Tallahassee.

On Monday, members of the Capital City Chamber of Commerce spent time in the Bond and Frenchtown communities, handing out masks to people who might not otherwise have access to them.

Over the last three days, the Facing the Challenge initiative handed out 2,500 masks on Tallahassee's Southside and Frenchtown neighborhoods.

The CDC recommends everyone wear a mask or cloth covering in order to prevent exposure to coronavirus.

Health leaders say minority communities are at a greater risk of getting COVID-19, mostly due to underlying conditions.

32304 is the poorest zip code in the state and has 52 confirmed cases of the virus.

"We that the minority community is normally low on receiving health resources and we thought it would be more beneficial for the community if, instead of just talking about it, we put some feet to the ground to get it done," said Katrina Tuggerson, president of the Capital City Chamber of Commerce. "We want to bring in awareness that this is important and we want to save lives."

Tuggerson says the group also handed out N95 masks to health care workers.

Right now, there is a city-wide effort to make masks available to everyone.

If you're in need reach out to Masks for Tally or the Capital City Chamber.