Mario Salerno (Credit: screenshot) One landlord in New York – which has widely been called the epicenter of the coronavirus in this country – has decided to forego the rent of the 80 apartments he owns for the month of April. According to a local NBC affiliate, on March 30, Mario Salerno made the announcement to his Brooklyn tenants by posting a notice on the front doors of all his buildings. READ MORE: Oprah donates a hefty $10 mil to coronavirus relief
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Luenell is seen as We TV celebrates the premiere of "Braxton Family Values" at Doheny Room on April 02, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for WE tv ) Luenell is sticking up for her daughter, Da’Nelle, who is on the receiving end of backlash after being put out the house because the 20-something wouldn’t take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.
Prisoners in jail (Adobe) California is releasing thousands of inmates from state prisons to reduce crowding to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Prisoners behind bars for nonviolent crimes with less than 60 days remaining on their sentences are being considered. The total of inmates that totals is roughly 3,500. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced plans to expedite the transition to parole for nonviolent offenders with 60 days or less left on their sentences Tuesday.
LAPD breaks up party (Credit: screenshot) Mayhem ensued in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles this past weekend after approximately 40 people showed up to celebrate a child’s first birthday, in spite of nationwide directives to, “stay at home” and LAPD officers had to break it up. Footage taken at the scene on Saturday, shows the shocking moment when a huge line of police officers had to forcibly disperse angry partygoers. They had chosen to disregard social distancing rules due to the coronavirus.
Ben Finley and Art Clay, founders of the National Brotherhood of Skiers (#NBS) (Credit: NBS) Attendees at a weeklong event in Sun Valley are on edge after at least 10% of attendees already testing positive for the coronavirus and many more already feeling ill. According to NBCNews, this year’s National Brotherhood of Skiers’ ski summit took place on Feb. 27-March 7 in Sun Valley, Idaho. But what was meant to be a time of fellowship unexpectedly turned into a cautionary tale on the necessity of social distancing.
Melissa Thomas Scott (Credit: screenshot) In a video that has gone viral, a Georgia nurse with pre-existing conditions quit her job at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital due to concerns over the coronavirus. Melissa Thomas Scott is a nurse in Albany, GA and is currently receiving widespread support on the internet after she shared her breaking point. On Wednesday, she took to Facebook Live after being assigned to the “Corona floor” for a 12-hour shift at Putney. Scott, who worked in the hospital’s acute care area, is a triple-negative breast cancer survivor and was diagnosed in 2012 at age 31.
The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has rocked the entire globe, and unfortunately, the Black community is no exception. Contrary to internet memes and online conspiracies, Black people and communities of color are not immune to the pandemic virus. While COVID-19 has impacted Black businesses and families financially, it has also tragically claimed the lives of countless Black people both in America and around the world. READ MORE: Should Black America be worried about Coronavirus?
Mayor Mario King and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeve (Credit: Mayor King and Gov. Tate) Lawmakers and officials all over the country have made businesses shut down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus but when mayors in Mississippi attempted to follow suit, Gov. Tate Reeves issued an order overruling them. “There’s no question that the purpose of the order was to keep businesses open, which is good for the economy,” Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton told the Mississippi Free Press.
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 16: Jada Pinkett Smith attends the Photocall For Lions Gate's "Angel Has Fallen" at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on August 16, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images) Red Table Talk is highlighting how many people are suffering from anxiety and just how crippling the current COVID-19 outbreak can be in this week’s episode.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives his daily COVID 19 press briefing at Downing Street on March 22, 2020 in London, England.