Communities of color have experienced significant disparities in health outcomes from COVID-19, as well as barriers to accessing testing. Predominantly white communities have had access to more testing sites than communities that are predominantly made up of Black and Latinx residents. An analysis by the Surgo Foundation found that nearly two-thirds of rural counties have no testing sites, and 35% of rural Black Americans live in testing deserts."
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Today, the secretary of health’s statewide face covering order will expand to require face coverings in any indoor setting outside of your home (not just public buildings) and expands the outdoor requirement to non-public settings when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance from non-household members. This includes common spaces in congregate living settings, such as common areas in apartment buildings condos, fraternity/sorority houses, assisted living facilities and other similar places. This is part of our continuing effort to reduce the increasing spread of COVID-19 in all parts of Washington.
As state and local officials prepare for the new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, parents with children who normally attend school overwhelmingly prefer that schools wait to restart in-person classes to reduce infection risk (60%) rather than open sooner so parents can work and students can return to the classroom (34%), the latest KFF tracking poll finds. Parents of color (76%) are even more likely than white parents (51%) to prefer that schools wait to return to in-person classes.
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Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which highlights alarming trends in transmission and hospitalization data.
Report findings include:
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is gathering information about remote supports. DDA would like to learn what is working well and what needs to be improved to help people receive the best remote supports possible.
Congress recently extended waivers that permit Washington WIC to offer remote services through September 30, 2020. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. While the rules normally require in-person meetings, the waivers allow WIC to enroll new applicants, provide nutrition education and breastfeeding support, and issue food benefits by phone or video chat. Since WIC started offering remote services, program participation grew by about 4 percent and the rate of missed appointments dropped from 15 percent to almost zero.
This July, as we observe the 13th Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we call attention to the health disparities that affect communities of color. They include (but are not limited to) the impacts of COVID-19 on physical and mental health; rising suicide rates among Black youth; and spikes in depression and anxiety among people of color amid the unrest and demonstrations that have followed the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others. The ability of the health care system to effectively respond is hampered by the shortage of mental health providers and the lack of diverse providers to serve the various communities of color.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a new emergency program for ALL children in grades K-12 in Washington who receive free or reduced-price school meals. P-EBT is not subject to public charge and will not affect your immigration status. P-EBT provides families with funds to pay the cost of meals while schools are closed due to COVID-19. See more information in English or Español.
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Raising a brave generation of children requires open, honest, and age appropriate exploration of race, racism, justice, equality, and anti-racism. It is an emotional time right now, marked by challenge, pain, and grief. This eBlast shares some ideas, tools, and resources organized by types of action we can take along with our children: listening and empathizing; acknowledging and talking; and activism. Engaging in some of these actions may help towards turning pain and grief into hope!"
Read the full Family Voices E-Blast and visit the resources here.
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