Flashpoint: Continue COVID-19 lockdown or should Pa. let up? Black doctors step up, and #SeniorSerenades

April 26, 2020 - 4:00 am
Rep. Jordan Harris, Dr. Jennifer Caudle, Derrick Lee.

Courtesy of Pennsylvania House of Representatives website, Dr. Jennifer Caudle, Derrick Lee


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about recent efforts to reopen America amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

States across the country are mulling plans at rolling back stay-at-home orders as businesses beg for relief. But is it too soon to let up? 

This week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf rolled out a multiphase plan to reopen Pennsylvania that gives flexibility to municipalities and creates a new normal as regions work to get a hold on COVID-19. Will it work? 

Minority whip and Pennsylvania State Rep. Jordan Harris joins family physician Jennifer Caudle and Derrick Lee, owner of D&J Costumes in Northeast Philadelphia. 

Dr. Delana Wardlaw and Dr. Elana McDonald
Courtesy of Delana Wardlaw and Elana McDonald

The newsmaker of the week is the Black Doctor COVID-19 Consortium. Founded by Dr. Ala Stanford, the group was founded a couple of weeks ago in an effort to provide mass testing, education and advocacy for the African-American community, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.

"Twinsisterdocs" Dr. Elana McDonald, a pediatrician, and Dr. Delana Wardlaw, a family physician, stepped up to volunteer. 

African-Americans accounted for 70 to 80 percent of the coronavirus deaths in Chicago, Milwaukee and New Orleans. 

In Philadelphia, where race data is incomplete, African-Americans make up at least 40 percent of the COVID-19 deaths. 

The doctors discuss why the consortium is necessary at this uncertain time. To contribute to the effort, click here.

Colin DiPasquale
Courtesy of Colin DiPasquale

The Patriot Homecare Changemaker of the week is the Colin DiPasquale, a Moorestown High School freshman who started an effort he calls #SeniorSerenades

He and his friends perform on tape to entertain seniors in COVID-19 quarantines.

Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1060AM. It also airs at 5 a.m. Sundays on B101FM and WPHT 1210AM and at 6 a.m. on WOGL 98.1 and TDY 96.5. 

Subscribe to the Flashpoint Podcast on the Apple Podcast, RADIO.COM or others apps where you get your podcast by searching "Flashpoint."