ABC13 hosts 'COVID-19 & Our Latinx Community' town hall

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The rise in COVID-19 infections across southeast Texas has exposed some concerning truths about the virus among Hispanic households.

ABC13, Houston's most-watched television station, brought together medical leaders, elected officials and community advocates for a town hall highlighting COVID-19's disproportionate effects on the Latinx community.

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ABC13's Eyewitness News anchor Mayra Moreno and her panel answered your questions about the surge of infections in the Latinx community, focusing on the obstacles to health care access and testing; the predisposition of the Hispanic population to underlying, high-risk conditions; and the pandemic's effects on Latinx workers, commonly considered essential by their employers.


Panelists for the town hall included:

  • Dr. Joseph Varon, United Memorial Medical Center chief medical officer
  • Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, Texas' 29th congressional district
  • Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Harris County Sheriff's Office
  • State Rep. Armando Walle, Harris County COVID-19 Recovery Czar
  • Dr. Laura Murillo, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president
  • Susie R. Molina, Houston Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board member

In July, the CDC found Latinx people are four times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19; this news coming as data analysis presented by Eyewitness News showed a critical need for more coronavirus testing in Black and brown communities, where minorities are experiencing longer wait times at understaffed testing centers than in whiter or wealthier areas.

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Dr. Varon with UMMC talks about what he's been seeing in reference to the high number of cases and deaths in the LatinX communities.

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