San Diego: Latinos More Impacted by COVID-19

Latinos continue to be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Of the nearly 9,900 COVID-19 cases with known race/ethnicity, about 67% are Hispanic or Latino even though they make up about 34% of the local population.

County data also shows the rate of infection is about 470 people per every 100,000 residents, the highest rate in the region. Furthermore, of the 327 COVID-19 deaths, about 43% or 139 were Latinos.

    “There are multiple reasons why the virus is having a more severe impact in the Latino community,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.

Some of the reasons include that Latinos:

  •     Are more likely to be essential or frontline workers
  •     Have more underlying medical conditions
  •     Live in multigenerational and more crowded households
  •     Often show more physical affection

The County has over 480 disease investigators and contact tracers calling people who tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts so that they place themselves in isolation and self-quarantine.

    “When an investigator and contact tracer calls you, it is important that you answer because immediate action is needed,” Wooten said. “What you say is kept confidential and we will not question your address.”

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