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Aunt Martha’s, Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer 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 Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer (2nd District) to distribute thousands of free protective facemasks at the Commissioner’s Resource Block Party scheduled for Saturday, August 22 from 12 PM to 2 PM at 3600 W. Ogden Ave. in Chicago.

The event will take place outside Commissioner Deer’s district office. After dropping by almost 90%, positive COVID-19 test rates in the community have increased by 12% since July 11.

“Research, and the experience of the people living in the 2nd District, shows that the use of facemasks is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said Commissioner Deer, who serves as the Chairman of the County Board’s Health and Hospitals committee.

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.

Aunt Martha’s and Commissioner Deer will also distribute masks at a second community event scheduled for Saturday, August 29.

For More Information

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