“What I took from this meeting is to target our Marshallese Islander population and to push some critical and safety information out to them,” Wright said. “We have a growing, robust Marshallese population in Greene County.”
“We just want to make sure that they are aware of the virus and how they can protect themselves,” Wright said. “I don’t want them to be an isolated community within our community, we want to make them feel welcome, and that’s why I want this to be a community effort.”
Wright said he also does not want the community to feel leery of the Marshallese population, even saying the type of mosquito that carries the virus has not been found in Arkansas, yet.
“I don’t want to be fear mongering,” he said. “These folks aren’t necessarily carrying the virus. It’s just an outreach and educational program right now.”
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