By: Iris Argueta, Adventist Development and Relief Agency, courtesy Adventist Review

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has donated 500,000 masks to La Sierra University in Riverside, California, United States, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in nearby communities. Health officials report COVID-19 cases, and the death toll, continue to rise in southern California. Riverside County alone has confirmed more than 228,000 positive cases and 2,300 deaths since the beginning of 2021, and the numbers are expected to increase as the year unfolds.

“We are so privileged for our university and its students to be able to partner with ADRA in distributing greatly needed face masks to our communities in Riverside. Scores of people will be provided this very important tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19,” John Thomas, dean of the La Sierra University Zapara School of Business and an ADRA board member, told ADRA.

“COVID has ravaged the southern California region, and in some areas, the California National Guard has dispatched medical personnel to aid with the influx of Covid patients at local hospitals, including those near our university.

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