COVID-19 testing disparity hits minority communities

ABC News’ Marcus Moore reports on minority communities in Texas facing COVID-19 testing shortages, and the New York medical team now in Houston trying to help close the gap.
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So much of the pandemic in the US has played out as a tale of essentially two countries with minority communities facing higher rates of both cases and deaths from coated nineteen. Not disparity is also playing out over which Americans have access to testing to find out if they're at risk. With new data from ABC news and our partners at 530 chilling that minority neighborhoods often have unequal access to testing sites compared to their white counterparts. It sees Marcus Moore has a closer look at how this testing disparity is playing out in Texas. And the doctors from New York trying to close the gap. They are powerful images massive lines stretching for miles at Kobe testing signs from California to Florida. And right here in Texas. Because these delinquent only eat BC affiliate. EC debate create as many kinds. Seeds of a level but they almost appear but they just went ballistic in a plane Obama sink. Settlement the policy doesn't suit them. Nearly six months into the pandemic more than a dozen states faced major testing problems. And concerning new research showing that the disparities minorities space are even worse our own ABC news 538 report. Analyzing test sites in all fifty states. Finding locations are more scarce in many black and Latino neighborhoods communities that are already disproportionately affected by the virus. Dallas County commissioner doctor Elba Garcia says it's something she sees impacting minority communities here. The Latino community have been heavily affix it. Vietnam primarily because we have the perfect storm of conditions. I then CPI number. Also essential alert there's multi generational families and of course a high immigration community. Elliott he is documented and undocumented and none of them feel threatened to pull out look for help there are services. That my salaries or in any way cafe. They'll put Kiki for them to get at residency or citizenship. Or a beat south. In Texas residents in one Dallas zip code hit especially hard. A predominantly Latino community and many essential workers now has more Kobe case is that anywhere else in the county. It closed 752 while Weil is stem mainly predominant. And that's you know it react when a lot of essential learn there's these day workers that if they're not completely see. They're the red wings about to elect their medical and be sure that there I'm has that money they need to survive. A narrative that is not exclusive to Dallas 200 miles south in Houston over the weekend. Fifteen of the twenty people who died from Kobe nineteen were Hispanic. I thought it was just something. I was gonna go week that it wasn't that serious. And when they got our harmony. We spoke to Sonia Gomez whose daughter Monica tested positive for Corbett 192 weeks ago. It was so scary for me I've been out what to do I only hope and you have to drive to get intense. Little ball thirty minutes but I was so that though they were able to get this thing quickly. Because I had tried other places in the wait was about three to four weeks. And Wimbledon three to four weeks to get a tenth death. Because the free testing sites are very for right now and they worry able to that we got the appointment on Monday. So that way with fields within this week. I didn't Sonia tested positive for the virus after going to this testing site this weekend. And her husband is feeling symptoms but is still waiting on his results that's further complicating going back to work at the front desk of a diagnostic center here in Houston. She's been away for over a month. And how has this pandemic impact if you're. He likely won't. Have to stay home when my daughter since she got sick I have been able to ability to work for a month now and indeed even little home. She need to get sick again and mines discern voters have my mom to the college students who sees hope for me in them. And she got it. Back seat Davidson my mom and my mom is the one that baby sitter when I'm at work that I thought she got it out of places are not pretty. They're tightly around a 16880. At this autumn Monday though we have to you know pay so we are very. Grateful that we have been cut by. But Houston is now getting some help from New York returning the favor to communities that helped the city that was once the epicenter. A group of doctors and nurses volunteered to fly to Houston to set up free testing sites at two churches. The coordinator of the site Dr. Joseph modest Pena works with saw almost the American led network of doctors that partner with the State of New York to open bilingual sites. So I think that even you go into medicine and in any field either being a marriage being a factor a practitioner in general. My calls whose vocation my calls whose service so it was just natural for us. Here it any better you get it. A sense of how home. 'cause she. This is so far mean his just becomes another mission around helping my Hispanic my left seen all of my. African American family in my family in general everyone that is underserved his other people that needs this type of testing sites. These are free to speak your language. Which we are from the went and culturally sensitive. You as a patient. Will identify with a physician and a foreigners. Or someone that looks like you that understands your needs and will come out for you. Then once they realize that we spoke their language that whenever they called me and we'll stay on compliments on him reveals. They won't feel bad they could commune. And there was someone that. It looks like them both of you think about the Hispanic communities for any underserved communities how will people be. Multi generational theme once came home right we do have one positive what's gonna happen the whole time in my opinion from. Pena has been away from our family since the beginning of the pandemic not taking a day off since March when New York City was hardest hit. To this group of front line workers it feels like a flashback we didn't article. Being the hardest thing was just fifty bill lack. People. Caring about social distance saying and masks and the divide game. People not wanting to Wear the mask or not wanting some citizens are people not believing NN it's it's a serious matter that. It's if you just Wear masks or keep your distance and we can help reduce the spread. This virus. The doctors saying the way we're going to combat this virus is educating the public and coming together most vocal done. Dean. Very positive in the outcome and he will stay like this. Screen our population treat our population. Educate our company said from motels. From month UNT. I believed that the outcome will be the best.

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