Minnesota seeks to help immigrant residents cope with COVID-19

04/06/2020 4:08 PM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

As the COVID-19 pandemic upends life across Minnesota, government agencies, community outreach groups and religious leaders are scrambling to distribute information to more than 100,000 state residents who speak little or no English.

They’re also trying to address the reticence of some immigrants to seek medical assistance out of fear that it could jeopardize their pathway to citizenship.

“If we have a part of our population that’s afraid to seek care and not getting access and could end up being more vulnerable and more impacted by COVID-19, that affects everyone’s health,” said Danushka Wanduragala, international health coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health. “So we need to make sure that no one is being marginalized, no one is being denied care whatever their immigration status is, or their language capability.”

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