COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacts Denver Latinx Group In keeping with CDC Report – 9News.com KUSA
The CDC reports higher rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths among adults in Denver who identify themselves as Hispanic or Hispanic.
DENVER, Colorado – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the Latinx population in Denver is disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
The report, released Friday morning, found that the majority of COVID-19 cases among adults in Denver, hospitalizations and deaths in the first seven months of the pandemic were among Latinx adults in the city.
Looking at the data from March 6, 2020 to October 6, 2020, the CDC reports that adults who have identified themselves as Spanish or Latin American are represented:
54.8% of positive cases 61.2% of hospital admissions 51.2% of deaths
The CDC said this was twice the proportion of Hispanic adults in Denver (24.9%).
“I was shocked when I saw it. I wasn't ready to see the types of numbers I was seeing, ”said 9Health expert Dr. Payal Kohli.
"They speak of more than half the cases, hospitalizations and deaths in this community, which are only 25% of the 'pie'," she said. "It screams at me to me that something is wrong here."
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The CDC report points to "systemic drivers" leading to COVID exposures in this population. Examples, according to the CDC, include the Latinx population in Denver who are reporting COVID:
Live in larger households and report exposure to close contacts more often. Work in an important industry and work sick
"It wasn't surprising at all," said Jim Garcia as he looked at the data.
Garcia is the CEO of Clinica Tepeyac, a Denver community health center that provides medical, behavioral and dental services to the medically underserved. He says 95% of their clients are Latinx.
“The majority of the patients we see are frontline workers who are at much higher risk. In the past few weeks the number of patients who tested positive has continued to increase, ”he said.
In addition to the household and labor barriers identified by the CDC, there are language and economic barriers within the Latinx community, according to Tepeyac.
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"When it comes to economic instability, housing instability, and food insecurity, it becomes harder for this part of our community to say," Okay, I'm going to be quarantined for two weeks. "
Clinica Tepeyac focuses on education and public relations. This includes a drive-through inspection facility at their clinic in the Globeville neighborhood of Denver.
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"That was the impetus at the moment," said Garcia, "to make sure that underserved neighborhoods have access to testing and hopefully access to vaccines as soon as they become available here."
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