Dr. Ben Carson speaks to WNKY about coronavirus crisis and neighbors helping neighbors

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Dr. Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing & Urban Development, spoke with WNKY Thursday about the work being done in the community to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, Carson’s office published a tweet highlighting the Housing Authority of Bowling Green’s Mobile Grocery Store.

Carson’s tweet said the store is making deliveries so folks can practice safe social distancing.

In February 2019, Warren County Public Schools donated the bus to the housing authority. The bus travels around town several days a week and serves individuals living in public housing.

Carson said, right now, it’s stories like that that need to be told.

“It’s fantastic. We have the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, in which we like to highlight stories of communities coming together to help their neighbors. The people of America need stories like this. That’s the kind of thing that really makes America stand out. It makes us very proud,” Carson said.

WNKY also asked Carson about those battling the pandemic on the front line, the healthcare workers.

Carson is a retired neurosurgeon and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Carson said he expected a pandemic someday, but not to this magnitude.

He said he sympathizes tremendously with those risking their own lives to save ours.

“I can remember being in situations where we’ve had a flu outbreak, or MRSA, or some other bacteria contaminant and we ran short of supplies. That caused some panic in and of itself. Those individuals out there on the front line, the nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists are really taking a risk,” Carson said.