May 6, 2020

Latino communities in Illinois see uptick in COVID-19 confirmed cases: ‘Physical distancing is a privilege’

[Excerpted from the Chicago Tribune]

Stephanie Willding, the CEO at CommunityHealth, a West Town clinic, said she started to get messages from the community about a month ago telling her that people were sick but were scared to seek medical help. The pandemic intensified just as the Trump administration started to implement the “public charge” rule, which could penalize immigrants who seek public benefits. The clinic, which provides health care to those without insurance, was able to start drive-thru testing last week.

The clinic is able to process 10 to 20 tests per day, and about 45% of the tests are coming back positive, Willding said…

Read the entire piece in the Chicago Tribune, May 6, 2020