SAN DIEGO — A new Chicano Federation and UC San Diego study titled “Perceptions of Contact Tracing among San Diego Latinos” analyzes the impacts of COVID-19 on San Diego’s Latino community.
“[We are] really educating people about contact tracing, what it is and why it is so important to participate,” said Nancy Maldonado, the Chicano Federation Chief Executive Officer.
The study interviewed 37 Latinos in San Diego, living in zip codes with the highest rates of COVID-19 positive cases and asked about their biggest barriers and perceptions of facilitators from the county. One common response was the dire need for more Spanish speakers.
“More specifically, [communication] in a way that’s linguistically and culturally appropriate in Spanish and messaging that’s going to resonate with community members,” Maldonado said.
Latino residents make up nearly two-thirds of San Diego County’s COVID-19 cases and nearly half of the deaths, although only 34% of county