Durham County Partners with the City of Durham and Durham Public Schools to Support “Cover Durham”
Cover Durham Project provides free face coverings to those in need.
Durham, N.C. – Durham County Government continues to support the public health guidance on wearing face coverings when in public. County commissioners, along with the City of Durham and the Durham Public School Board worked collaboratively in order to provide funds for Cover Durham. Cover Durham, an initiative which distributes free face coverings for those in need, began its work in the community earlier this month.
The idea originated from a group of doctors and leaders who witnessed the need for face coverings during this era of COVID-19. The need became more apparent as the County adopted a “Stay-At-Home Order” including the use of face coverings as people left their homes and were around others not in their household.
Commissioners Brenda Howerton and Ellen Reckhow worked with Cover Durham sponsors to develop a plan to secure the proper face coverings. City council members and school board members agreed to join County commissioners in donating unspent travel and training funds to support Cover Durham. Once the funds were secured, Duke Health Systems agreed to match
Commissioner Howerton commented, “Partnership is so important! It is important that we were able to work together to have citizens feel a little bit safer by providing face covering to some of Durham’s citizens.”
This project is not new to the sponsors which began as Covering the Triangle during which time they worked to provide 40,000 free face covering to community organizations in the region. The goal now is to ensure that everyone in Durham County has face coverings and more importantly knows why they are important to help fight the spread of coronavirus as well as how to properly wear them.
Cover Durham is working in partnership with Community Health Coalition (CHC).
The project’s distribution program will prioritize African American and Hispanic/Latin
people, whose communities have been disproportionately struck by COVID-19 due to
pre-existing health injustices and socioeconomic inequities. There is also special emphasis
placed on transit riders, many of whom are essential workers. The process to distribute 40,000 face coverings in Durham continues through July 1, 2020. At the end of the day, anyone who needs a face covering will be provided with one through robust collaboration with faith organizations, local businesses, and social networks.
Learn more about Cover Durham at www.coverdurham.com.