Illinois governor highlights the impact coronavirus is having on the Hispanic community

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill- Illinois is reporting 2,270 new cases of coronavirus and 136 new deaths. That is a total of  68,232 cases and 2,974 deaths for the state.

During today’s coronavirus briefing, state officials discussed the impact on the Hispanic and Latinx community. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said people identifying as part of that demographic are now testing positive at the highest rate in the state.

Pritzker said only half of those tested have filled out the demographic information. He said nearly 26,000 tested identified as Latinx, and nearly 16,000 have tested positive. He said that is a rate of 60%, three times the state average.

Pritzker said, “Decades of institutional inequities and obstacles for members of our Latinx communities are now amplified in this pandemic and while we can’t fix generations of history in the span of a few months, we must advance equity in our public health response today everywhere and anywhere we can.”

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