By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. Editor
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser released the April 27 daily data for COVID-19 cases and deaths, bringing overall positive cases in the city to 3,892 and 185 local lives lost due to the novel coronavirus as of the previous night. With such high overall statistics and one of the lives lost Sunday being a 17-year-old male, the Mayor’s press conference and accompanying data may seem like routine depressing data. However, she was able to include a bit of Black Girl Magic reinforcement, with a serious message from former First Lady Michelle Obama.
“Former First Lady Michelle Obama is going to help us get the word out as well about symptoms and testing through robocalls and radio ads,” Bowser said during the Monday press conference.
“I just want to say early on in our response the First Lady reached out to our office and asked how she could help,” Bowser said before playing Obama’s radio ad at the conference.
The Mayor also took to Twitter to share the ad with the public and further thank the former First Lady.
“Thank you [Michelle Obama] for helping us let Washingtonians know that they can get a free, coronavirus (COVID-19) test by calling 1-855-363-0333. We’re all in this together.”
On behalf of Bowser, Obama said, she “wanted to share information on free coronavirus testing for District of Columbia residents experiencing symptoms.”
The former First Lady encouraged residents experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, congestion, body aches, chill, or runny nose, to immediately contact a medical provider.
She also relayed info on scheduling testing appointments through a medical provider or the D.C. hotline at the number the mayor offered in her tweet as well as 1-844-796-2797 for both English and Spanish assistance.
In addition to offering information about scheduling COVID-19 testing appointments, Obama joined the Mayor in her encouragement of District resident to stay at home- a message Bowser has emphasized since early in D.C.’s response to the novel coronavirus.
“Remember, we urge you to stay home except if you need essential healthcare, essential food or supplies or to go to your essential job. Thank you and please stay home D.C.” Obama said.