Initiative to target vulnerable communities
DECATUR, GA—As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) begin to
relax mask policies for outdoors and those who have been vaccinated, DeKalb County
Commissioner Robert Patrick is reminding residents that precautions still need to be
Although the number of COVID-19 cases are on the decline, there are hot spots in
several zip codes in and around District 1.
As one the most diverse districts in DeKalb County, many residents of District 1 are still
very hesitant of receiving the vaccine and are not adhering to CDC guidelines. With
summer months quickly approaching, people are eager to return to a sense of normalcy
including engaging in activities with large crowds. To reach vulnerable communities,
Commissioner Patrick has enlisted trusted community leaders to help reach
constituents with diverse backgrounds and languages to help to stop the spread of
COVID-19 in District 1 campaign.
The purpose of the ‘Be D1 To Stop COVID-19’ public awareness campaign is to
demonstrate that everyone plays a role in eliminating the virus. It will feature billboards,
posters in MARTA stations and bus shelters in targeted zip codes. Each poster will have
specific call-to-action messages in various languages with community leaders such as
Lily Pabian of We Love BuHi and Santiago Marquez of the Latin American Association.
Depending on the messaging, some will be featured with a mask and some without. The
campaign will also include an informational website, direct action COVID-19 responses,
and community engagements throughout the summer.
To learn more, please visit BeD1.net.