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ABA webinar explores COVID-19 implications on the African-American community

The American Bar Association will conduct a free webinar, “Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on African Americans and Communities of Color,” on Thursday, April 2 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The webinar is sponsored by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice.

Insight and commentary will be discussed about the following questions:

• Will COVID-19 adversely affect more African-Americans because of health disparities or common pre-existing conditions?

• Will testing sites be set up in communities of color?

• Are individuals without insurance more at risk if they have to seek health care via emergency rooms and free clinics?

• Will health-care rationing decisions be made on the basis of protected classes?

• Will minority small businesses receive an equitable distribution of relief funding?

• What rights do individuals have if they are laid off?

• Will the pandemic adversely impact access to voting or voter turnout?

Speakers include:

• Welcome remarks by ABA President Judy Perry Martinez, who is also of counsel with Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn in New Orleans, La.;

• Ashley N. Baker, chair, criminal justice committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice;

• Anthony I. Butler, president & CEO, AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc., Empire Homes of Maryland, Inc., and City Steps;

• Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, vice president and chief health equity officer, American Medical Association in Chicago;

• Juan Thomas, former National Bar Association president; of counsel, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer Willis Tower in Chicago;

• Angela J. Scott – chair-elect, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice.


Michigan quickly distributing 400 ventilators from feds

LANSING, Mich, (AP) — Michigan is sending half of the 400 ventilators it received from the federal government to Detroit-area hospitals facing a surge of coronavirus patients, a state health department official said Wednesday.

The remaining 200 breathing machines will be set aside for seven regions across the state that have fewer COVID-19 patients at this time, said Lynn Sutfin, an agency spokeswoman.

Hospitals in Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties are due to get 100 ventilators. Another 100 will go to hospitals in Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe counties.

Residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb account for 81% of Michigan's roughly 7,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has identified ventilators as a critical need.

Henry Ford Health System, in southeastern Michigan, reported that it had nearly 600 COVID-19 patients at its five hospitals as of Wednesday morning.


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