FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Pastor Cedric Walker said he's seen too many people not following the Governor's Stay At Home Order.
Now he's doing something about it. He's urging others to do the same.
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"If we don't do something educate our people, and help them understand how vital it is for them to wash their hands, to practice social distancing, to get with the circle you're going to be with, make sure you're wearing your mask, we run the risk of becoming an infestation over in Southeast Fort Wayne," he explained.
He started Southeast Fights COVID Response.
It's not an organization, but a group of community leaders who care.
"A lof of the kids in Southeast Fort Wayne are working these essential jobs- restaurants, Walmart, grocery stores, and I want to make sure they are doing what they need to do," Nygel Simms, Director of YFC Urban Ministries said.
Southeast Fights COVID Response hosted a live chat on Facebook Thursday night to share stats and ideas to fight the virus.
They’re also collecting masks and brochures to send out into the community.
"Here in Allen County, the African American population, we make up around 11% of the population in Allen County, but 22% of COVID-19 in Allen County. We double at 22%," Simms added.
Walker said spreading awareness has to be done now as these two weeks are crucial.
"Southeast is the most densely populated area in Northeast Indiana. We have more people than the surrounding areas. If we become an infestation, it becomes a problem to the rest of the city," Walker said.
Pastor Walker said right now 3,500 masks and brochures are in the process of being made to give out to the community by church members and volunteers.