New COVID task force formed

The new task force has set up a GoFundMe page to raise $10,000 to pay for expert assistance.

The Black Belt Community Foundation has joined forces with two local state Senators to form a new task force that will focus on COVID in the Black Belt.

Called the Black Belt COVID Task Force (BBCTF), the group made up of local leaders and elected officials will strategize how to help Black Belt communities during COVID-19.

To get experts' help for the Black Belt to plan against COVID, the group has formed a GoFundMe page to raise $10,000. Read more about the fundraiser here.


"The federal government has left much of the planning for fighting the pandemic to the states themselves," the GoFundMe page says. "Our beloved Alabama has a state plan, but it does not fully focus on rural communities in general or on the Black Belt Region in particular."

The BBCTF is headed by state Senators Bobby Singleton and Malika Sanders-Fortier.

"This fight is being waged on many fronts such as working with local nursing homes, working on PPE for our first responders, expanding help for families, education, health care, agencies/food security, and businesses," the site said.

As part of the task force, a Recoverable Grants Program has been set up with Hope Credit Union to help local municipalities and counties access CARES ACT money to fight the pandemic.


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