NOLA City Officials Spread Concerns Over Coronavirus In Hispanic Community

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City officials are sounding the alarm after data from neighborhood testing showed that the city's Hispanic community is being disproportionately infected with the coronavirus.

The city's health director Jennifer Avegno said they analyzed the roughly 5,000 tests that had been done at testing sites in recent weeks and found that more than 20% of Hispanics who were tested had positive results.

Avegno said so far the death rate doesn't mirror the infection rate, but she's concerned that the data they're seeing within the Hispanic community might be the beginning of a greater problem.

Councilwoman Helena Moreno says she has partnered with several organizations to create a task force to look at the disparities and address it.

So far, her organization has been taking steps to help the Hispanic community such as sending Ubers to take people to testing sites, recruiting doctors who speak Spanish to put out video messages about the virus and getting Spanish language speakers at testing sites.

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