Courtesy City of Tacoma

Fuzhou, capital of the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian and Tacoma’s Sister City since 1994, has donated 70,000 disposable medical masks and 500 disposable medical gowns to help curb the spread of COVID-19 locally.

“We are very grateful for this gesture of support and wish our friends in Fuzhou well, as we all come together globally in response to this public health and economic crisis,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Our relationship with Fuzhou, the ancestral home of many Chinese-Americans who settled in the Pacific Northwest in the 19th century, has been deep and enduring, and I look forward to the day when I can again share my appreciation with them in person.”

Home health care providers will receive disposable medical masks and gowns. Disposable medical masks will also be distributed to other entities involved in the local pandemic response, including shelters for those experiencing homelessness, community food banks, community and senior centers, daycare providers, small businesses, the Tacoma Sister Cities Council, Tacoma Public Schools, the Tacoma Dome, and the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

The remainder of the disposable medical masks will be held in reserve by the City of Tacoma in preparation for a possible resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall and winter months.