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Free masks available to those in the Raleigh ZIP code where case concentration is highest

Raleigh's mask mandate went into effect a week before Governor Cooper announced residents of North Carolina would be required to wear a mask in public spaces.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — As a statewide requirement that people wear a face covering in public places takes effect, Raleigh is planning free mask delivery for people living in the 27610 ZIP code. That area encompasses east Raleigh, some areas near South New Hope, Auburn and Sunnybrook roads.

This ZIP code has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Wake County. It's also where WakeMed's Raleigh campus is located.

As of June 26, there are 764 reported cases in the area. That's about 100 cases per 100,000 people, and 10 deaths per 100,000 people.

Here are the places that will be handing out masks this weekend:

  • Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School will be a drive-thru testing site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha's community outreach is distributing masks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Gethsemane Seventh Day Adventist food drive will offer masks on from 12:30 p.m. until there are no masks left on Saturday.

"Providing this resource to those especially at risk helps people do their part to slow the spread of disease within their community," President and CEO of WakeMed Donald Gintzig said.


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