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.
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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.