COVID-19 Infection Rise In Latino Community Spurs Outreach Effort
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.
Olivia Diaz, Councilwoman, Las Vegas