Testing sites running out of protective equipment

Testing sites running out of protective equipment

North St. Louis finally has COVID-19 tests – but now needs PPE

By Rebecca Rivas Of The St. Louis American

CareSTL Health, which operates three testing sites in North St. Louis city, has only a week’s worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees, said Angela Clabon on Friday, April 17. Its supply orders for masks, gowns and gloves have been delayed, she said.

CareSTL Health just received 1,000 test kits, she said, and its testing supplies are finally where they need to be. The new challenge is acquiring PPE.

“I will not test without PPE supplies,” Clabon said. “I won’t do that to my staff. I have all the powers to be trying to get more – from the governor to the mayor, everyone is working on trying to get more.”

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Atlanta mayor urges residents to stay at home as governor reopens state: ‘Look at the science’

Atlanta mayor urges residents to stay at home as governor reopens state: ‘Look at the science’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) is urging city residents to stay at home even as Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) plans to reopen the state at the end of the week.

Bottoms told MSNBC’s “MTP Daily” on Tuesday that she recognizes her powers as mayor do not supersede Kemp’s as governor.

“But I do have the power of my voice,” she said. “And I am using my voice to encourage people: Follow the data, look at the science, listen to the health care professionals, and use your common sense.”

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Trump Points Finger of Blame at Another Black Man for COVID-19

Trump Points Finger of Blame at Another Black Man for COVID-19

President Trump has found a Black man other than former President Barack Obama to point the finger at for his and his administration’s failings.

Trump is now attacking Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian-born head of the World Health Organization, one of the go-to organizations dispensing important data concerning the coronavirus pandemic.

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Should Black Men Be Afraid to Wear Face Masks?

Should Black Men Be Afraid to Wear Face Masks?

Aaron Thomas, a Black man who lives in Columbus, Ohio, wrote an eye-opening op-ed in the Boston Globe that likely hit home with many African Americans.

“I’m a Black man living in this world. I want to stay alive,” Thomas wrote in the essay that carried the headline, “Why I don’t feel safe wearing a face mask.”

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