Trust And Community Critical To Immigrant COVID-19 Outreach, Vaccinations

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KBIA 91.3 FM

So the things that I think, early on when March came along, the first thing we did was set up a hotline with our community partners that was in Spanish because, as you probably know, everyone at that time was getting directions to stay home if you were sick, call your doctor and they would give you directions. And we knew that so many low-income immigrants didn’t have a doctor and the lines that were being set up were not in Spanish, so it was hard for them to get any care. And then after that, just to expand a little bit more the access we set up community testing sites in one of the back of a catholic church that has a large Latino congregation.So we’ve been doing this community testing events since June, and they are actually, they have really helped expand access to testing, I mean at this point I think we’ve tested over 3,000 latino immigrants. The positivity rate has been really high. Even when we started was when the first wave was coming down so we thought we wouldn’t see a lot of COVID, and it’s pretty consistently we’ve seen a 30 percent positivity rate amongst Latino immigrants, and much much lower for everyone else.