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

Posted June 26, 2020 12:46 p.m. EDT
Updated June 26, 2020 8:04 p.m. EDT

— 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.

NC coronavirus cases, deaths by zip code

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services began releasing zip code-level data on cases and deaths on May 1. Search by zip code to find the rates of cases and deaths for your area. Aggregate counts are based on where patients live. DHHS has supressed counts for some zip codes with populations of less than 500 and cases less than five due to privacy concerns. Population estimates for each zip code, included in the state's data, were calculated by Esri Inc. through a state contract. Due to differences in zip code geographies used in a new version of the state's dashboard launched May 20, some case and deaths counts here may differ slightly from that new dashboard. To stay consistent, WRAL is using state data originally published May 1 and updated by DHHS daily through its ArcGIS site.

Source: N.C. DHHS // Updated: July 10
Graphic: Tyler Dukes, WRAL // Get the data

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