COVID testing lags in Latino community when workers can’t afford job loss

By Updated: June 28, 2020 8:27 AM CT | Published: June 28, 2020 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Mauricio Calvo, head of Latino Memphis, said Hispanic people and poor people of any color cannot afford to get sick. &ldquo;Many Latinos who have not gained citizenship or permanent residency will not quality for any of the safety-net resources. They didn&rsquo;t get the stimulus; they do not qualify for unemployment.&rdquo;</strong>&nbsp;(Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Mauricio Calvo, head of Latino Memphis, said Hispanic people and poor people of any color cannot afford to get sick. “Many Latinos who have not gained citizenship or permanent residency will not quality for any of the safety-net resources. They didn’t get the stimulus; they do not qualify for unemployment.” (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

For people who have no sick days, unemployment, the cost of testing and the quarantine that may follow are costs they avoid.

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Jane Roberts

Longtime journalist Jane Roberts is a Minnesotan by birth and a Memphian by choice. She's lived and reported in the city more than two decades. She covers healthcare and higher education for The Daily Memphian.


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