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More than 100 Alabama clergy members have signed on to a letter demanding that Gov. Kay Ivey ramp up coronavirus testing in black and rural areas of the state.

But the governor’s office told that the petition is unnecessary because testing in those areas “remains a priority.”

Members of the multifaith, multiracial group Faith in Action Alabama called on Ivey to provide “bold moral leadership to respond to this grave reality,” referring to the fact that African Americans comprise more than half of all Alabama deaths from COVID-19. The letter was delivered to Ivey’s office Wednesday.

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