Multnomah County Enlists Refugee And Immigrant Groups In Race Against COVID-19

Pacific Islands: COVID-19 is spreading through several Pacific Islander populations and among Somali, Congolese and Bhutanese refugees.  Trauma, economic inequality, inadequate translation and interpretation and religious and cultural practices have all contributed to the disproportionate spread of the virus among those groups. Public health staff have detailed an extensive effort to conduct outreach and get support to those affected, including employing bilingual case investigators to conduct follow up phone calls with everyone who tests positive and translat information via text.

Source: OPB

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