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COVID-19 Infection Rise In Latino Community Spurs Outreach Effort

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Associated Press

COVID-19 has proven to infect people indiscriminately. And yet, it has affected certain populations in Clark County more than others. 

At first, it was the elderly. Then, African-Americans were hit hard.

Now, Latinos and Hispanics make up the highest rate of infections in Southern Nevada -- at a rate of twice that compared to non-Hispanic whites. 

A major outreach effort called Estas En Tus Manos — or, It’s In Your Hands  — was launched last week to promote testing, safety protocols, contact tracing and resources to keep Latinos and Hispanics healthy. It’s being led by the County, but it’s getting a lot of help from other government and community leaders.  

One such government leader helping spearhead the effort is Las Vegas Councilwoman Olivia Diaz, whose Ward 3 is home to many Latino and Hispanic residents. 

 

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