Efforts underway to help Hispanic community combat rising COVID-19 cases

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Hispanic community is one of the hardest hit communities in southern Nevada, as it represents nearly 24 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the state. However, more efforts are underway to help those impacted.

City leaders have been working to combat the high cases within the hispanic commuities, especially on the eastside. The 89110 zip code has more than 2,400 cases alone; more than 300 were reported in the last week.

The east side is lacking in testing sites, so Councilwoman Olivia Diaz is helping with the “‘Esta En Tus Manos’ COVID-19 awareness campaign.

“‘Esta En Tus Manos’ has bee around now for a month now since we launched it,” said Olivia Diaz, Las Vegas City Councilwoman for Ward 3. “We have seen an increase of people going to get tested.”

For several weekends they brought pop-up test sites to the area.

Diaz is working on more for the far east side of Las Vegas.

“We are probably going to do another five or so pop-up test sites in September through December,” Diaz said.

According to Diaz, the new site at Cashman Center should help.

“It is a shorter drive, and another benefit is that it is actually indoors,” Diaz said.

More organizations, like the United Way, are stepping up to help the Hispanic community as well. In total, the United Way of Southern Nevada raised $150,000.

“It is going to organizations that are directly helping the Latino community during this pandemic,” said Kyle Rahn, CEO, United Way of Southern Nevada.

From food assistance to rent and mortgage payments, Rahn says there are many ways people in need can find help through the United Way.

“Often, the underrepresented will not go do things for fear or lack of accessibility, so United Way, along with our 34 other partners are making things as accessible as possible,” Rahn said.

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