Black clergy, United Way to launch anti-coronavirus effort

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Coronavirus

Rev. Calvin said participating churches were stepping forward to serve as a “first line of defense” for the Black community against the virus

by: The Associated Press, ELANA SCHOR

Posted: Nov 22, 2020 / 09:23 AM EST
/ Updated: Nov 22, 2020 / 09:23 AM EST

In this Thursday, April 23, 2020 file photo, People line up at Gotham Health East New York, a COVID-19 testing center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Black clergy leaders are joining forces with the United Way of New York City for a new initiative designed to combat the coronavirus’ outsized toll on Black Americans through testing, contact tracing and treatment management. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Black clergy leaders are joining forces with the United Way of New York City for a new initiative designed to combat the coronavirus’ outsized toll on African Americans through ramped-up testing, contact tracing and treatment management.

Details of the new effort, shared with The Associated Press in advance of its Monday launch, rest on harnessing the on-the-ground influence of church leaders to circulate resources that can better equip Black Americans in safeguarding against and treating the virus. Its rollout will begin in five major cities with initial seven-figure funding, focusing on expanded …

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