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Coronavirus Cases are Increasing Among African Americans

April 24, 2020
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dr. Timla G. Washington

Updated: April 22, 2020


Edition: Coronavirus Cases are Increasing Among African Americans 


High Alert - Continue to Shelter In and Social Distance - High Alert
CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Response to Recovery   

On April 1, 2020, the State of Mississippi began its "shelter-in-place" order to help flatten the curve of the Coronavirus cases, instead the numbers continue to climb, particularly among African Americans.  Access to hospitals across the state with enough ICU beds would not be there to meet the needs of the public should the urgency arise.  That is why I want to appeal to everyone to shelter in place, visit retail and grocery stores only when necessary, and maintain social distance.  I am calling on Mayors, County Supervisors, and other elected officials to take local action to help curtail the spread.  This is a matter of life and death and the very life you save may be your own.  Our health care workers are exhausted working around the clock and putting their families second to care for others.  That is why, I want to appeal to constituents of the Second Congressional District the seriousness of Coronavirus and how it is taking lives.  The map and table below gives you the total number of cases and deaths within the African American and White populations.  An enlarged copy of both the map and table are attached.

If you would like to see the daily totals of Coronavirus cases in the Mississippi, visit the Mississippi State Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19).  If you are looking for a testing site location go to Mississippi State Department of Health: Testing for COVID-19.



As news develops, I will continue to share it with you through my Congressional Website, Twitter, and Facebook.  However, if you have any questions, call Dr. Timla G. Washington, PhD, my Human Capital Developer for the Mississippi Second Congressional District by email or by phone at (662) 335-9003.