Aunt Martha’s, Cook County Commissioner Deborah Sims Team to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago’s most vulnerable communities

In an effort to curb the resurgent spread of COVID-19, Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness is partnering with County Board Commissioner Deborah Sims (5th District) to distribute thousands of free protective facemasks at an event scheduled for Thursday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights.

The event will take place in the parking lot of the Aunt Martha’s Pediatric Health and Wellness Center. Sims’ District is among the regions indicated to have increased COVID-19 risk by the IDPH, with positivity rates of 11.2%.

“Research, and the experience of the people living in the 5th District, shows that the use of facemasks is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said Commissioner Sims.

The masks that will be distributed by Aunt Martha’s were made possible by the Palo Alto Networks COVID Relief Fund, which is employee led and company matched 4x. This fund is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to support communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

“Palo Alto Network employees came to Aunt Martha’s with a desire to be part of the COVID-19 effort and together we decided that the most valuable use of these funds would be to produce and distribute masks in the communities hit hardest by the pandemic,” said Raul Garza, Aunt Martha’s President and CEO.

“Wearing facemasks is the simplest thing we can do to protect ourselves and the people around us. Aunt Martha’s is proud to be part of the effort to make them available to as many people as possible, particularly in communities of color.”

Aunt Martha’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has leveraged its resources to protect its front line staff, including health center staff, as well as those providing care in shelter settings, foster homes and responding to the needs of families in crisis. The agency was among the first selected to be part of Illinois’ expansion of COVID-19 testing, and one of the earliest to advocate for and bring online an expanded system of telehealth services.

For More Information

Contact Carrie Muehlbauer, Director of Project Management, at (312) 877-2081.