“We need that information so we can further study it,” said Bowser in an interview with CNN’s John King on “Inside Politics.”http://rss.cnn.com/”While the spotlight of Covid-19 is on it, we need national and local strategies to have more equal medical outcomes for African Americans in our country.”
Bowser also highlighted DC’s need for testing resources, which she said are necessary to reopen the economy. When asked about President Donald Trump’s potential May 1 reopening target, she explained that the District has not reached its peak.
“We know that our surge in the District is going to come much later than May 1. DC residents have stayed home and are helping to push down our curve and to push it out,” Bowser said. “So we don’t expect our peak medical surge to happen until June.”
Bowser ordered the closure of nonessential businesses in DC from March 25 through April 24.
“We’re seeing similar kinds of numbers reported across the country in large urban centers,” Lightfoot said Sunday. “And the answer that we believe is right is because of the underlying conditions that people of color, particularly black folks, suffer from, whether it’s diabetes, heart disease, upper respiratory illnesses.”