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Nearly half of all coronavirus cases in San Mateo County are among Hispanic or Latinx residents. We asked local leaders and experts why.

Original post made on Jul 13, 2020

Throughout San Mateo County, and across the U.S., it's becoming increasingly clear that COVID-19 is hitting Latinx communities especially hard. We asked local leaders and experts why that might be and what they're doing about it.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 13, 2020, 11:43 AM

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Jul 13, 2020 at 12:28 pm

What the heck is the point of a Zoom meeting about diversity when the article points out that many of those affected by inequity have no means of accessing such a meeting? Mr. Rodriguez points out glaring problems in NFO and the county should be addressing those.


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Posted by pearl - registered commenter
a resident of another community
on Jul 13, 2020 at 1:04 pm

What does "Latinx" mean? If you mean "Latinos" (male) and "Latinas" (female), then the correct terminology used to describe a mixed group of both sexes is "Latinos". At least that is what I was taught by the instructors in both the high school and college Spanish classes I took.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 13, 2020 at 1:09 pm

You have to read all the way through the article to see the real answer near the bottom.

"A lot of these folks are essential workers," Rodriguez said. "They don't have the luxury of staying home and working from home, and so the fact they have to risk it every day, going out and coming back to their families, that's got to account for ... some of the higher incidence of infection," he said. "They don't have any other place where they can isolate."

The solution is to either make these jobs safer or to pay these workers to stay home instead of going to work. Clearly, the jobs are much to dangerous right now.


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Posted by PSPage
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 13, 2020 at 4:57 pm

Terminology is important, but not as important as the inequity of BASIC resources to our Latino/a/x community.

Janet’s right: Zoom isn’t accessible to some of this population. And as long as city government insists on holding “open” meetings and Project Baseline tests during (limited) work hours, *and* provides no means of walk-up or on-site registration, our neighbors and friends will continue to go unheard and unserved.

Let’s get back to basics:

-Offer testing and community discussions on weekends

-Partner with community hubs like community centers and churches to get the word out

-Provide onsite technology and Spanish speakers

so these people can have access to stuff those of us with more access & privelege take for granted.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jul 13, 2020 at 5:12 pm

Did you reach out to the Latino council members in E Palo Alto? Wallace-Jones has little idea about the lives of Latinos in her community but Vice Mayor Romero and Councilman Abrica sure so.


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Posted by crdw
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 13, 2020 at 7:26 pm

the link to San Mateo county data does not have any data on it. It used to. But the information has been removed and inaccessible for weeks. So where did you get this data? Why can't the public see it?


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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Jul 13, 2020 at 10:42 pm

TO: crdw

Yes, the data is there: Web Link


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Posted by Marko
a resident of another community
on Jul 14, 2020 at 8:17 am

If North Fair Oaks is not getting communications because nobody's in charge, are the Spanish-language communities in the north Peninsula getting better treatment? It appears to be so - and the churches may be a big part of that.


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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 15, 2020 at 1:24 am

It's the crowds. Many work in live in crowded conditions.


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Posted by Your Neighbor
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Jul 16, 2020 at 10:10 am

Yes, PSPage, Terminology IS important. Ergo, may I respectfully suggest a slight edit of your comment, “so THESE people can have access to stuff those of us with more access & privelege take for granted.” ? Let’s consider terminology as follows, “ so ALL people can have access to stuff those of us with more access & privelege take for granted.” Just a suggestion, as we try to develop changed minds, build new neural connections...words are important!


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Posted by diesel
a resident of another community
on Jul 16, 2020 at 4:48 pm

Thank you for the discussion re N. Fair Oaks. Since it's next to, and somewhat entwined in, RWC which has a much higher incidence, it does appear that expanding outreach, testing, and assistance with safe practices would be very helpful.


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