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The Black Coalition Against COVID is urging families to stay home this Fourth of July.

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The Black Coalition Against COVID is urging families to stay home this Fourth of July.

“This is not the time to relax our vigil, too much is at stake, too many lives hang in the balance,” Reed Tuckson, M.D. said.

According to the dashboard which outlines COVID-19 cases among D.C. residents, 555 people have died, 409 of those people were black.

“In D.C. we’ve been doing well so far at getting the numbers down, but we have to keep going,” said Reed. "Your health and our health is on your hands. Do the right thing. As we say: ‘Do the right thing.’” said Reed.

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It’s one of the reasons the organization started the iMask4DC Video Competition and Festival to encourage people to wear masks.

Three D.C. residents took home the top honors for producing a thirty-second video on their phones showing and saying why it’s important to wear masks.

Jayden Settles, who will be heading to Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in the fall, won $1500 for placing first.

Second place went to Norman Nixon, President of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute Alumni Association.  He also took home $500.

Ife Calhoun, a student, and Ward 4 resident took third place and received $250.

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Organizers say they had clear, concise creative messaging with their video demonstrations of COVID-19 safety protocols.


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