Hispanic Community

About two weeks ago, the Arkansas Department of Health requested help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as COVID-19 cases surged in both the Latino and Marshallese communities that reside in Northwest Arkansas. The CDC team has been tasked with analyzing the chains of transmission within those groups and providing mitigation recommendations for the state. We speak with Arkansas CDC Team Leader Angela Hernandez about how they've been gathering information and data.

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A team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in Northwest Arkansas investigating a spike in COVID-19 cases in the Hispanic community. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, about 21 percent of the state's active cases are Hispanic patients. Community Clinic in Northwest Arkansas reports there’s a 23 percent positivity rate among its Hispanic patients.

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Magaly Licolli, the cofounder of Venceremos, and Mireya Reith, the founding executive director of Arkansas United, are calling on state leaders to act as COVID-19 cases skyrocket in the Latinx community, which makes up a large portion of the workforce at Northwest Arkansas's poultry plants.

Often Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is seen as a Mexican equivalent of Halloween. But thanks to community organization and an art exhibit from the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale many are finding renewed interest in the holiday and its cultural significance, especially outside of Mexico. 

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In an effort to reach out to the local Hispanic community, Arkansas Public Theatre has created a committee focused on that goal. For its first event, the group is hosting a screening of the animated film Coco in Spanish on Oct. 12.