A task force formed by the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus is recommending that Gov. Steve Sisolak create a health plan for undocumented Nevadans, drive-thru testing for COVID-19 and providing more information — including about where to find food— in Spanish.
The group formed last week includes legal, political and medical experts focused on addressing the effects of coronavirus on the state’s Latino community, which they say is particularly vulnerable to the crisis because some are undocumented and many struggle to keep up on critical developments because of a language barrier. Democratic Assemblywoman Selena Torres, who leads the task force, said food security is the biggest concern she hears from constituents.
“I think a lot of people are scared. They recently lost their jobs. They’re not sure how they’re gonna pay their bills at the end of the month, their rent, their mortgage, their car payments,” she said in an interview. “And so people are really scared that they’re not going to have food, and that they might not already have food cause they’re trying to figure out how they can use the money that they have to pay the spectrum of bills.”
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Editor’s Note: We are happy to partner with The Nevada Independent to publish content in English and Spanish to ensure also that more Spanish-language dominant residents of Nevada have the opportunity to inform themselves of the issues from trustworthy sources. The above article was coauthored by Michelle Rindels & Luz Gray and published originally on 3/24/20 at 9 a.m.