Tuesday Night Owls: Tracking COVID’s spread among Latinos in a small Colorado community

People combating the unfold of COVID-19 face many distinctive challenges when doing contact tracing amongst low-income Latino immigrants in tight-knit communities. Long-standing well being care disparities, job insecurity, immigration standing, language obstacles and a profound mistrust of presidency all complicate the already difficult process.

COVID-19 has additionally highlighted how important these immigrants are to their communities. While Telluride is thought for its glitzy resort tucked into the mountains, the place features due to the employees — lots of them first-generation immigrants — throughout the surrounding San Miguel County. When the medical heart carried out new COVID-cleaning protocols, it fell to the cleansing workers of Latinos. Grocery shops, eating places and lots of different companies remained open solely as a result of their Hispanic staff continued to return to work.

“They are the backbone of what makes this town go round,” Rebolledo León mentioned.

That’s why Latino front-line staff in Telluride and throughout the nation endure among the biggest penalties of COVID-19. Hispanic folks within the U.S. face greater charges of an infection than the final inhabitants. And whereas they make up about 17% of the inhabitants, they’ve accounted for twenty-four% of COVID deaths. […]


  • The Best Economic Metric, by Faiz Shakir. The non-college workforce has been informed for too lengthy that jobs are gone and aren’t coming again. We should be sending a really completely different message now. To have a look at our ailing and dysfunctional health-care system, the state of our public schooling system, crumbling infrastructure, outsourced provide chains, insufficient baby care and residential care, and so forth is to grasp that there’s loads of vital and worthwhile work for the federal government to take the lead in creating. 
  • Love Letter: The Legal Community Gears Up for Battles Ahead, by Purvi ShahThe spirit and core of this collective message—which concludes with a name to “commit to the long arc of social change and get comfortable with being uncomfortable”is a spur to motion throughout fields, disciplines, and sectors.
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    Persistent and accelerating warming within the area is affecting native communities and ecosystems, in addition to the remainder of the worldwide local weather system.



“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, 
ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.” ~~Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (1952)



At Daily Kos on this date in 2004—Rummy feels their ache:

Rummie thinks troopers in Iraq are “girly men.”

Army Spc. Thomas Wilson of the 278th Regimental Combat Team, which is made up primarily of citizen troopers of the Tennessee Army National Guard, requested Rumsfeld in a question-and-answer session why car armor continues to be briefly provide, almost two years after the warfare began.

“Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles?” Wilson requested. A giant cheer arose from the roughly 2,300 troopers within the cavernous hangar who assembled to see and listen to the secretary of protection.

Rumsfeld hesitated and requested Wilson to repeat his query.

“We do not have proper armored vehicles to carry with us north,” Wilson mentioned after asking once more.

Rumsfeld replied that, “You go to war with the Army you have,” not the one you may want […]