SAN BENITO, Texas – COVID-19 most commonly known as the coronavirus has been declared a pandemic in the United States. Immigrant communities are sharing their concerns over the virus.
What that could mean for them if it reaches the Rio Grande Valley?
Nazieth Vera is part of the immigrant community and says she is hoping immigrants can receive the necessary resources and ease if there were to be a coronavirus outbreak in the Rio Grande Valley.
With many COVID-19 cases around the country, concerns surrounding the cost of care are rising among immigrant communities. Nazieth Vera says resources and money are in question for her because going to the doctor can be quite expensive.
There are many immigrant families that don’t qualify for medical insurance. The non-profit organization La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) is also concerned. They want to alleviate the panic by educating people on the situation.
Jesus Montalvo, LUPE Community outreach, “It’s just an educational effort on our end. Just trying to make sure that they have correct information and try not to spread any panic or fear in the community.”
While there have been no COVID-19 cases in the Rio Grande Valley, the thought of an outbreak is not only a serious concern for the immigrant community but also for uninsured low-income families.
Health officials are advising everyone to take precautionary measures like washing your hands and avoid touching your face to prevent from getting sick.