Covid-19 Update 5.15.20

Posted Friday May 15, 2020

Health Gap Community:

Welcome to our May 16 Friday update! I’m pleased to announce that U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will be our special guest on this week’s Virtual Town Hall. See below for details! Please stay up to date on the latest issues around COVID-19 and its impact on our Black community by visiting And follow the Health Gap on Facebook for the latest news about community programs and helpful tips.

I’d like to send a special thank you to the Health Gap Team and to all of our dedicated health professionals across Cincinnati – First Responders, Grocery Workers and all the essential workers who are helping us stay safe, stay fed and stay well. I pray each of your families are safe and healthy! So far, we have gotten through this time together, and we will continue to do so!

Renee Mahaffey Harris, Health Gap President & CEO


U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Joins Us for Virtual Town Hall #6 on Saturday

We are pleased to welcome United States Senator Sherrod Brown to the 6th installment of our Virtual Town Hall Series on Saturday, May 16 at 4:00pm for a discussion about COVID-19, its impact on the Black community and other vulnerable populations, and how people can continue to stay safe as the state begins to reopen. Senator Brown will be joined by Cincinnati City Councilmember Jan Michele Lemon Kearney, Center for Closing the Health Gap CEO Renee Mahaffey Harris, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio CEO Eddie Koen, African American Chamber of Commerce CEO Eric Kearney, and Joe Mallory, Vice President of the Cincinnati NAACP.


For login information or to listen to recordings of our previous Town Halls, visit


The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying

Adam Serwer has written an important article in The Atlantic. In it, he describes how the pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others. Read the full article here.


City of Cincinnati Health Department Update

The Health Department’s latest report shows that there are currently 823 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cincinnati, 163 of whom have been hospitalized. For the City’s full Case Tracker, a map of cases broken down by neighborhood, and other important guidance about reopening and staying safe, visit the City of Cincinnati COVID-19 Page.


The COVID-19 Testing Crisis

Health Gap CEO Renee Mahaffey Harris was quoted in a WCPO story this week about Anna Mallory, her daughter, and the testing crisis in Cincinnati and around the country. Check out WCPO’s full story here.

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