Saturday, October 23, 2021

Black and Latino students face challenges as schools reopen

As many children and teens return to a new school year after Labor Day, educators and advocates are alarmed on the challenges that Black and Latino students face. According to a Department of Education’s report released this summer, Black and Latino students were left behind during the pandemic, which worsened disparities in access and opportunities […]

Latino community college leaders are optimistic about fall enrollment

As students head back to school for the fall, administrators at Latino serving community colleges across the nation say they are more optimistic about student enrollment numbers specially compared to last year at the height of the pandemic. William Serrata, president of El Paso Community College in Texas said, “We’re showing right now that we’re […]

First Latina surgeon general urges people to wear masks and get COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Antonia Novello, the first Latina  to serve as U.S. surgeon general, is spending her birthday administering COVID-19 vaccines at a health center in San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as urging more Latinos to get vaccinated and wear masks. She was surgeon general under President George H.W. Bush and now she divides her time […]

Puerto Rico orders businesses to require proof of vaccination

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi ordered a series of businesses to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for their employees and patron amid rising cases in the U.S. territory. Under the new order, owners, and managers must require proof of vaccination from workers at beauty salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, gyms, day care center, supermarkets, […]

Chicago’s Black & Latino Communities Hit Hardest by Delta Variant

The intensive care unit at St. Bernard Hospital on the South Side of Chicago is at capacity because of the latest surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. Last month, the small hospital treated more than 3 dozen COVID-19 patients, about the same number as in July 2020, just before a bigger wave of illness, […]

18% of migrant families leaving Border Patrol custody tested positive for COVID-19

According to a document prepared to brief President Biden  more than 18% of migrant families and 20% of unaccompanied minors recently crossed the U.S. border tested positive for COVID-19 on leaving Border Patrol custody over the past 2-3 weeks. Multiple flights scheduled to deport migrants had more than 25% of passengers test positive before departure, […]

Latino cartoonist is using his art to encourage vaccinations

Lalo Alcaraz, author of the first nationally syndicated Latino political cartoon strip “La Cucaracha” is creating culturally relevant art for CovidLatino.org to help spread information about the COVID-19 vaccines and testing in Latino communities specially in the Southwest. Alcaraz said, “It’s right up my alley as far as something that I believe in and that […]

Four Months into the Vaccine Rollout, Ethnicity & Racial Data Collection Continues to Lag

Despite the continued efforts of President Biden’s administration to vaccinate communities of color, the U.S. has made little progress in collecting COVID-19 vaccination data by race and ethnicity. As of last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recorded race and ethnicity data for only half of the country’s vaccinations, a figure […]

Latinos Face Fear & Language Obstacles when Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine

From elderly Cuban Americans in Florida to farmworkers in California, Latinos are facing obstacles to getting the covid-19 vaccine, creating risks for public health as the coronavirus mutates and spreads. Rigoberto Montesinos, a veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, was worried about the side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine that he wasn’t […]

White Americans are getting Vaccinated at a Higher Rate than Black & Latino Americans

Black and Latinos are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at lower rates than White Americans, a disparity that health advocates blame on the federal government and hospitals for not prioritizing equitable access. A CNN analysis of data from 14 states found vaccine coverage is twice as high among White Americans on average than compared to Black […]