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Why COVID-19 Is Disproportionately Affecting Black And Latinx People In The Valley

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Whitney Pirtle, Tania Pacheco-Werner and Chet Hewitt
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Clockwise from left, Whitney Pirtle, Tania Pacheco-Werner and Chet Hewitt

Earlier this week, the New York Times published an analysis of national data that found that Black and Latinx Americans are three times as likely to catch COVID-19 compared to whites. To discuss the implications of those findings, and what it means for the battle against the virus here in the San Joaquin Valley, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with Whitney Pirtle, assistant professor of sociology at UC Merced, Dr. Tania Pacheco-Werner with the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, and Chet Hewitt, President and CEO of the Sierra Health Foundation and The Center at Sierra Health, which is focused on ending health inequities in the San Joaquin Valley.

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.
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