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The effects of the pandemic on minorities subject of next Telephone Town Hall

Press release from City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville is hosting a one-hour telephone town hall Monday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. to explore the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities with long-standing socioeconomic disparity.

District 1 city commissioner Gigi Simmons, along with Virginia Grant, executive director of Gainesville Black Professionals, will be joined by City of Orlando commissioner and CEO of Orange Blossom Family Health Bakari Burns, Florida House Representative Shevrin Jones, and UF College of Medicine interim dean and emergency department chairman Dr. Adrian Tyndall. The speakers will discuss how the coronavirus crisis has disproportionately affected minority populations and communities of color.

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Neighbors are asked to submit questions and comments in advance, through this link, in order to permit more time for dialogue during the town hall. Neighbors with landlines who would to receive an automated call back at the time of the event Monday are encouraged to register in advance through this link. Registration for a call back closes two hours before the town hall begins. Callers also can dial in at 1-888-410-3427 to ask questions, share comments, or simply listen in once the event begins. Invite your friends to join us and learn more. Spanish speakers are invited to call 1-844-881-1317. 

The telephone town hall will be streamed live on Facebook, the City of Gainesville website, and on COX Cable Channel 12 and will be archived online. Visit us online for updates and answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19.