Watch: Jefferson Parish officials discuss COVID-19 impact on African Americans

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METAIRIE – Jefferson Parish officials are gathering this morning to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on members of the African-American community on the West Bank.

JEFFERSON, LA – In the wake of the tremendous devastation caused by the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic, Councilmember Byron Lee, Senator Troy Carter, Judge Mark Spears, Representative Rodney Lyons, Representative Kyle Green and School Board Members Ricky Johnson and Simeon Dickerson want to reinforce the message about the effects of the Coronavirus on the African- American community.

According to the most recent statistics, 1,013 Louisianians have died of COVID-19, and more than 400 of those deaths are in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes.

70% of those who have died are African American, where African Americans make up only 32% of Louisiana’s population. More specifically, an outstanding number of the persons who died came from the Westbank of Jefferson Parish. 

Topics will include the importance of Gov. Edwards’ stay at home order, valuable information on assistance programs available to residents, planned legislative actions during and going forward post-pandemic, healthcare information, and all other relevant topics to endure the safety of all Louisianians and the deeply hard-hit African American community.


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