Safety Net



In December, 2021 there was a strong resurgence of COVID-19 in the United States. From July till December 2021 it was resulting from the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant and faltering vaccination. The elderly population (65 and above) was the worst affected from the different variants of Omicron COVID-19.

The Commissioner Kionne McGhee, District – 9, envisioned an innovate idea to safeguard the elderlypollution of the Miami District – 9. The Commissioner realizing that the COVID-19 variants in the futurewill keep threatening the lives of even the vaccinated population, envisioned to empower the mostsusceptible population (65 years and older) with mobile phones that offered non-contract infraredthermometer and further have the provision for telehealth sessions.

Miami Dade COVID – 19 Hot Spot

Omicron COVID-19 variants are really threating the lives and wellbeing of populous, especially that of the elderly (65 and older) citizens. The following data collected by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the Miami as the hotspot of the COVID-19.


Senior Citizens at Risk

The elderly population of the Miami Dade is the worst affected by COVID-19 variants. The following data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows dangers from real patient’s data.

This following chart shows for each age group the number of people per 100,000 that were newly admitted to a hospital with Covid-19 each day, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dips and spikes could be due to inconsistent reporting by hospitals.

As the data clearly shows, the elderly (55 and older) population is worst affected and at greatest risk by the current pandemic and the Omicron variants.


McGhee Safety Net for Seniors Initiative

In comes Commissioner Kionne McGhee’s innovative plan to offer the elderly (55 and older) citizens of Miami Dade County with health phones and the Cellular and Health Data services for FREE

Some key features of the initiative included,

  • Free DragonX Cellphone with Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer.
  • Free Built in Wireless Hotspot
  • 1 Year Telehealth Platform Access
  • 1 Year of Unlimited Talk and Text

The Figgers Foundation is proud to partner in realizing this ground-breaking program to safeguard the elderly populace in today’s age of resurgent pandemics.


Physical Distribution

The Office of the Commissioner Kionne McGhee worked diligently to help deliver and educate the senior citizens on this initiative. To ensure the best coverage for the Senior citizens, the Commissioner’s Office, setup different venues on key locations at times most suitable for the public to come and get their phones.

The Figgers Foundation, ensured that the Call Center and Technical Support are available for the senior citizens before the rollout of the program. In fact there have been tens of support calls answered by the technical support to help senior citizen better understand the offer and use their phones. The phones are comprehensively covered by the provider and assisted online 24 x 7.

The list of these locations and the times are shared below.

Date Location Start Time
May 31st, 2022

Larcenia Bullard Plaza
14508 Lincoln Blvd,
Miami, FL 33176

10 am
May 31st, 2022

JL (Joe) and Enid W. Demps Park
11350 SW 216th St,
Miami, FL 33170

3 pm
June 6th, 2022

Naranja Park
14150 SW 264th Street
Naranja FL 33032

10 am
June 7th, 2022

Caribbean Village Apartments
19755 SW 110th CT
Miami FL 33157

10 am
June 9th, 2022

Florida City
1634 NW 6th Ave
Florida City Florida 33034

10 am
June 9th, 2022

Wilbur B bell Park
10301 SW 170th terrace
Miami FL 33157

2 pm

The Commissioner Kionne McGhee made time from his busy schedule to be present at each of the physical distributions. He helped firsthand the senior citizens eligible for the program to learn about the phones, the options available to them, the coverage offered by the program etc.

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