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Local health officials say Hispanics make up almost a third of COVID-19 cases in our area.

More local COVID testing sites are popping up, as one segment of our population in Bay County is being disproportionately affected by the disease. (WJHG/WECP)
More local COVID testing sites are popping up, as one segment of our population in Bay County is being disproportionately affected by the disease. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Jun. 9, 2020 at 3:08 AM CDT
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Officials with the Florida Department of Health In Bay County say Hispanics make up nearly 30% of COVID-19 cases in our area.

“Our population make up is not 27% Hispanic, but that’s the number we are seeing for COVID-19 cases,” said Florida Department of Health in Bay County Public Information Officer Heather Kretzer.

Other minorities like African-Americans make up only 10% of coronavirus cases in our area, which is comparable to their population. Kretzer said even though they don’t know why the percentage is so high, they’re doing all they can to help stop the spread of the virus in the Hispanic community.

“We’ve reached out to the pastors that speak to those Spanish-speaking services, and we’re providing them information to provide to their congregations,” said Kretzer. “We’ve also been sharing to a Facebook page Latinos in Panama City and working on getting information out that way.”

Kretzer also said they’re planning to host more pop-up COVID-19 testing sites so they can help the Hispanic community and others learn how to better prevent the spread of the virus.

Kretzer said they also have a website with COVID-19 information available in Spanish.

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