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New campaign to promote use of COVID-19 PPE among Black Michiganders

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

With Michigan experiencing another wave of COVID-19 cases, there’s a new campaign to get more African-Americans to mask up.

Tonya Adair is the Chief Impact officer for the United Way of Southeastern Michigan.She says the United Way is partnering with the Harlem Children’s Zone on the campaign.

She says the campaign will include public service advertising and distribution of personal protective equipment in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

“We really just want to spread the message so that people are hearing the importance of it as well as have access to these personal protective equipment (as) needed,” says Adair.

Michigan’s African-American community was hard hit in the early days of the pandemic. But according to a new state report, the rate of COVID-19 deaths among Black Michiganders dropped significantly this fall.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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