A large percentage of Minnesota COVID-19 patients don't speak English

05/26/2020 6:40 PM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

The pandemic has heightened the need for interpreters as hospitals cope with a disproportionate number of COVID-19 patients who speak languages other than English.

As of mid-May, 22% of the Minnesota Department of Health’s interviews with people who had laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases required an interpreter — more than five times the proportion of the state’s population that lacks fluency in English....

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