State works to reach Hispanic community to reduce COVID-19 hotspot

At the end of April, Gov. Brian Kemp announced a new effort to spread COVID-19 information to the Hispanic community as cases started to rise in Hall County — signaling the state may be facing another hotspot.

While Latinos make up just less than a third of the county’s population, they represent half of positive coronavirus tests at Northeast Georgia Health Systems and 44% of coronavirus positive admitted patients, said Dr. Antonio Rios, chief physician with the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group.

[…] “This immigrant population is a vulnerable population,” she said during a video conference hosted by Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. “They tend to work more in service industries and industries that have been mostly affected by this COVID-19 economic crisis. We need to make sure when they go back to work, CDC guidelines are followed; they have all the protections.”

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