The City of Lynchburg is partnering with local non-profit organizations and the State of Virginia’s Health Equity Taskforce to hold the first Lynchburg Cares COVID Relief event in Miller Park on Saturday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. COVID protocols will be followed, and attendees are asked to wear masks.
Lynchburg Cares is a public information effort to let residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic know about assistance available to them, especially from those organizations that have received funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Assistance may be available to help with their utility bills, rent and other financial obligations.
In addition, Lynchburg Cares has partnered with the Health Equity Pilot Program to disseminate COVID-19 care kits (hand sanitizer and masks) during the event. The Health Equity Pilot Program is a state-local partnership aimed to increase equitable access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and public health information in underserved and historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The Health Equity Leadership Task Force used a data-driven approach to identify communities across the Commonwealth most in need and at risk of contracting COVID-19.
Communities were identified using indicators such as chronic diseases, household income, age, disability status and other important health factors. Over 70 localities have been identified for participation in the Health Equity Pilot Program and will receive up to 20,000 cloth masks, bottles of hand sanitizer and appropriately translated public health materials. To date, the Commonwealth has partnered with over 55 localities. City officials in over 30 localities have completed health equity and public safety training and begun distributing much needed resources within their communities, while the others are in the planning phase of the pilot program and set to begin distribution in the upcoming weeks. Over 700,000 cloth masks and over 580,000 bottles of hand sanitizer have been delivered to localities across the State of Virginia.