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COVID-19 safety is the focus for National Health Centers Week

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HANNIBAL (WGEM) - As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Tri-States, health is a topic on many people's mind.

Local health officials say National Health Centers Week takes on new importance due to the pandemic.

Clarity Healthcare in Hannibal has an entire week of events planned to give back to the community and promote healthy habits.

A back-to-school drive-thru is planned for Monday, August 10. from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Marion County Ambulance District Administration Building.

The giveaway event has been happening for the past five years, but because of COVID-19, the event will look different this time.

“It’s just parents or grandparents or whoever can bring the kids through. They’ll be able just to drive through and we’ll give them backpacks,” said Jacinda Epperson, National Health Center Week coordinator.

The group has 500 backpacks full of supplies to give away to children in the community. There will also be other resources, including snacks and health information.

They also want to help the community learn about the importance of healthcare, especially during a pandemic.

They said there are simple ways for people to protect themselves.

“There are so many things that I think we took for granted before and now you have to be even more vigilant, especially with the COVID-19, Epperson said. "Just in your day-to-day things, like wearing a mask, proper handwashing, sanitizing, just being mindful of how you go throughout your day now.”

Tuesday's event will be a presentation of nebulizers to local daycares.

Wednesday is a blood drive from 12 to 5 p.m. at Clarity Health Care in Hannibal.

Thursday will be a Healthcare for the Homeless event. Blessing bags for 200 will be delivered to local homeless shelters.

On Friday, Clarity Health Care will celebrate Patient Appreciation Day.

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