GEORGIA CONGRESSMAN TALKS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON AFRICAN-AMERICANS

May 6, 2020
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GEORGIA CONGRESSMAN TALKS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON AFRICAN-AMERICANS

The decision to open Georgia’s economy is putting more black lives at risk in the state, according to Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson. 

Speaking during a virtual town hall Tuesday night held by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Johnson cited state numbers, which he called incomplete, that show a disproportionate number of African-Americans have confirmed cases and have died of COVID-19. 

“And this fact weighs heavily on my conscious as Georgia has seen fit to reopen businesses back up, starting with barbershops and beauty parlors, which are staples in the black community,” Johnson said.

Johnson said more testing is set to be funded for underrepresented areas with the expected passage of the next wave of federal money.

But epidemiologist Camara Jones told the town hall that testing people who are symptomatic isn’t enough. 

“We also need to test in our communities. We can’t test everybody like every week, but we can test a sample of people every week. That includes symptomatic, as well as those who do not have symptoms,” Jones said.

Jones said this approach would give a more accurate count of who’s actually infected, instead of waiting for days before symptoms arise. 

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