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ONME News Review COVID-19 Part 3 & 4 talks with local doctors, FMBCC and Congressman Costa

California doctors discuss their latest concerns; Fresno Metro Black Chamber webinar talks small business loans with SBA and Congressman Costa

By ONME Newswire

FRESNO--As a panel of California doctors and specialists warn of the worst is yet to come to a group of ethnic media outlets last Friday, 16th District Congressman Jim Costa along with Small Business Administration District Director Dawn Golik discuss dynamic relief efforts for California businesses and workers in emergency webinar host by the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce (FMBCC) this past Monday.

Podcasts ONME News Review COVID-19 Part 3 & 4 reviewed both significant briefings related to the COVID-19 pandemic that is impacting all aspects of life and economics for Californians, (see in full shows above as well as on-demand clips separated above.)

The telebriefing — organized by Ethnic Media Services and sponsored by the Blue Shield of California Foundation — featured two physicians speaking from the front lines of the global health crisis: Tung Nguyen of the University of California, San Francisco, and Daniel Turner-Lloveras of the Harbor UCLA Medical Clinic.

It also featured public health innovator Rishi Manchanda, founder of HealthBegins, who said the pandemic disproportionately affects immigrants and people of color, as well as psychiatrist Sampat Shivangi, who currently serves on the Trump administration’s Council for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, spoke about the psychological effect of self-isolation and the possible surge in substance abuse.

Finally also featured was veteran activist Manju Kulkarni, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), who briefed reporters on the rise of hate crimes against the Asian American community in the wake of the pandemic,

Dr. Manchanda also has worked in South Central Los Angeles’ low-income communities. He told reporters that the pandemic disproportionately affects the economic well-being of people of color and the immigrant community as well as their health, adding that limited access to testing, language barriers, and underlying illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease that disproportionately affect certain minorities, put immigrants and minorities at greater risk of infection and death.

Business is not as usual

The FMBCC hosted a webinar Monday to inform local businesses of the drastic changes made by the federal government under President Donald Trump as well as the local funding options supported by California Governor Gavin Newsom.

FMBCC Executive Director Tara Lynn Gray moderated the discussion and concerns and questions from struggling Central Valley businesses looking for relief.

Golik and Congressman Costa addressed the changes in the recent COVID-19 Stimulus Bill which includes more lenient options for small businesses, sole proprietors and non-profits to get immediate loans and applicable grants; businesses who qualify may receive an immediate advance on the loan of $10,000.00 within several days, even with the loan applied for pending.

Part 4 featuring the FMBCC webinar speakers on the COVID-19 Stimulus packages features online tonight at 10:00 PM live on Facebook and on ONMETV.

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Locally in the Central Valley, from Stanislaus County to Tulare County, viewers can watch ONME original podcast programming during the ONME Network's time slot on TV (CMAC) Comcast Channel 93 and AT&T Channel 99: Mondays, 8:00p-10:00p, Wednesday 9:00p-11p and Friday mornings 10a-12p.


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