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Coronavirus: West Covina gives free protective gear to residents

Now that L.A. County residents have to wear masks when leaving the house, West Covina is trying to make sure its residents have the masks to do so.

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West Covina is offering free gloves, masks and hand sanitizer wipes to residents in need, starting Wednesday, April 15.

The donations come from resident Lily Han, the Los Angeles Diamond Lions Club, the Chinese American Association of West Covina and Harbin, the city’s sister city in China, according to a West Covina Facebook post.

West Covina staff members prepare to give away free gloves, masks and hand sanitizer wipes to residents. (Photo courtesy of West Covina)

Residents can pick up the free protective gear from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at the Senior Center, 2501 E. Cortez St., West Covina.

The giveaway comes after Los Angeles County mandated residents wear face coverings when leaving the house.

“I’m trying to do everything to save lives, to make sure everyone has resources,” Mayor Tony Wu said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Wu said he has received many donations of gloves and masks from various charities in the area, and because he already has donated a lot of the equipment to hospitals, he thought it was best to distribute the rest to his citizens.

“If we protect our residents and allow them to be more proactive, we can make sure our population will be less (affected) in this pandemic,” he added.