The Latino Community in the Time of Coronavirus: The Case for a Broad and Inclusive Government Response
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On March 11, 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization followed by the United States declaring a national emergency two days later. Over the course of the ensuing 120 days, COVID-19 initiated an unprecedented global health and economic crisis with severe impacts on the nation; indeed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of July 1, 2020, there were more than 2.62 million confirmed cases and more than 127,000 deaths attributed to the disease.In this report, UnidosUS documents how the Latino community is withstanding disparate health and economic impacts from the pandemic, while considering some of the preexisting economic and health vulnerabilities that the Latino community faced prior to federal, state, and local government responses to the pandemic. It then examines the scope and composition of Latino and immigrant communities left out of recent legislative pandemic recovery efforts. And, finally it calls on our leaders to enact expansive and deliberate policies to provide relief for all communities in the interest of achieving a swift and sustainable recovery that avoids widening disparities between Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups in America.