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African American Health Instiitute handing out free face masks

Posted at 6:38 AM, May 04, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS — In order to help fight the spread of COVID-19, the African American Health Institute is handing out free face masks this week in Grand Rapids.

The organization will hand out masks on Monday, May 4 from 4pm to 6pm at Great Giant Grocery located at 1226 Madison Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

They will also be out on Tuesday May 5 from 11am to 1 pm at Family Fare located at 1225 Leonard St NE in Grand Rapids.

“In addition to our research and advocacy work, we have amplified our community outreach to have a direct impact on individuals during these difficult times,” said Micah Foster, executive director for the organization. “In a public health crisis like COVID-19, it’s important that we come together as a community and provide support at all levels. When worn by everyone, especially indoors in public places, masks greatly diminish the potential spread of the virus.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says African-Americans make up 30 percent of COVID-19 cases but are only 13 percent of the US population.