Cleveland Was Slow to Address Language and Culture Barriers to Reach Spanish-Speaking Residents During Pandemic

Cleveland failed to provide Spanish translation services even though 11 percent of its residents identify as Hispanic. The oversight is a threat to public health, especially in the midst of a pandemic. The Spanish-speaking community did not have translated guidelines and health updates, putting them at an increased risk of danger despite directives from the CDC that recommend the employment of bilingual contact tracers and community health workers. Those resources are critical in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

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