IN RESPONSE TO RACIAL DISPARITIES IN COVID-19 DATA AND LACK OF RESOURCES FOR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, BP ADAMS, CM CORNEGY DISTRIBUTE PPE TO BED-STUY VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS, CALL FOR MORE DIVERSITY ON ALL COVID-19 RECOVERY TASK FORCES | Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
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IN RESPONSE TO RACIAL DISPARITIES IN COVID-19 DATA AND LACK OF RESOURCES FOR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, BP ADAMS, CM CORNEGY DISTRIBUTE PPE TO BED-STUY VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS, CALL FOR MORE DIVERSITY ON ALL COVID-19 RECOVERY TASK FORCES
Brooklyn, NY – Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr. distributed donated surgical masks and gowns to the Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which has been on the front lines providing emergency services to residents in the surrounding area.
Founded in 1988, BSVAC is America’s first minority volunteer ambulance corps, serving the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Recent statistics from the City indicate that there are significant racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths, with underserved communities bearing the brunt of the disease that by some estimates has claimed over 15,000 lives in New York City. Kings County currently has the highest number of recorded COVID-19 deaths, at 4,148, of any county in the United States. More than 60% percent of all deaths throughout the city to date have been Black and Latino, mirroring similar racial disparities in cities and states across the country. Recent reporting even indicates that African-Americans are less likely than their White counterparts to receive a test for COVID-19, even when showing similar symptoms.
Borough President Adams called for the City and State to ensure that all recovery task forces reflect the diversity of the communities most impacted, as outlined in a joint letter from a number of Black elected officials in Brooklyn sent earlier this week. The letter laid out a number of demands for theMayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, including releasing more comprehensive data on infection rates, hospitalizations, and deaths,; providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for all essential workers,; targeted relief for Black-owned businesses, and more.
“We don’t have the luxury of evaluating what went wrong when we are still engaged in the fight against COVID-19. But we must work to protect those who, as the data increasingly show, are most at risk of dying from this disease: Black and Brown people throughout the city. BSVAC has been on the front lines of this crisis, serving many communities that have borne the brunt of this public health crisis. I thank Council Member Cornegy, a stalwart champion for this community, for joining us today,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr. said, “Just as COVID-19 poses an unprecedented challenge, we must make an unprecedented effort to safeguard our shared communities. We must make protecting those who protect us a priority. That is why I am proud to join Borough President Adams in distributing personal protective equipment to BSVAC, whose dedicated first responders have more than three decades of experience serving us and uplifting community health. Our first responders have got our back and we must have theirs.”
Borough President Adams reiterated that he will continue to personally distribute donated masks and other PPE to New Yorkers as long as supply is available; additionally, he underscored that donations of N95 masks will be reserved specifically for hospitals and other frontline medical institutions. He reminded anyone in need of assistance, or with the ability to volunteer or donate supplies during this pandemic, to fill out the form at brooklyn-usa.org/you-can-help-brooklyn.