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July 24, 2020
KCRW
Why LA’s Pacific Islander community is especially susceptible to COVID-19
To learn why this cohort is so susceptible to coronavirus and why those numbers are so high, KCRW talks with Dr. Raynald Samoa, endocrinologist at City of Hope and a member of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians. 

July 23, 2020
Hawaii News Now
Group works on solutions to address high rate of COVID-19 among Pacific Islanders

The Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Hawaii COVID-19 Response, Recovery and Resiliency is connecting Pacific Islanders with proper resources and outreach to better prepare them for future health crises — learning from what they are going through now.
 

July 22, 2020
KSL News Radio
Pacific Islander, other minority communities at higher COVID-19 risk in Utah

State leaders highlighted disproportionate rates of COVID-19 among Utah’s Pacific Islander and other minority populations

 

July 21, 2020
Spectrum News 1
Pacific Islanders Slammed by High Coronavirus Infection Rates
As coronavirus cases continue to surge in Los Angeles County, it’s especially tough on one ethnic group – Pacific Islanders. They are among the hardest hit during the pandemic and faith leaders, such as Reverend Pausa Thompson, have stepped up to help shepherd the tight-knit community through the difficult times.
 

July 20, 2020

KUTV Utah
New COVID-19 hot spots break out in Pacific Islander community

Nationwide, COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting communities of color. In Utah, Pacific Islanders--people of Hawaiian, Tongan, Samoan, Marshallese, and Fijian descent--have the second highest infection rate in the state.

July 19, 2020
CBS Los Angeles
Family Shares Story Of Coronavirus Recovery, Aiming To Spread Education About COVID-19 Impact On Pacific Islanders

 

July 8, 2020
The Oregonian
Pacific Islanders have higher COVID-19 rates than any other race in Oregon
Pacific Islanders have more than triple the rate of coronavirus cases in their communities than any other race in Oregon.

June 29, 2020
The Orange County Register
How the coronavirus is devastating Southern California’s Pacific Islanders
The pandemic also has threatened the community’s way of life — its faith, customs and culture

June 29, 2020
The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah’s Pacific Islanders take culturally focused approach in reducing high number of COVID-19 infections
Some of the reasons why the Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian communities have been so hard hit are not unique to them. But there needs to be a culturally focused approach to address these high numbers, he added.

June 29, 2020
KXLY
Health data shows Spokane County’s Pacific Islanders disproportionately affected by COVID-19
Spokane, Washington’s Pacific Islanders make up less than one percent of  Spokane County’s population, but account for nearly 31% of confirmed COVID-19 cases

 

June 14, 2020

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Marshallese contracting, dying from covid-19 at disproportionate rate

They account for half of disease’s NW Arkansas deaths

 

June 4, 2020

NBC Los Angeles

UCLA Releases COVID-19 Dashboard Tracking Race and Ethnicity

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released detailed data on COVID-19 case and death rates by race and ethnicity to underline the fact that black people are dying of the virus at an alarmingly high rate.

 

May 20, 2020

KSL TV, Salt Lake City

Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Focusing On Minority Groups With High Positive Rates

 

May 21, 2020

The Orange County Register

UCLA report says minorities disproportionately affected by coronavirus

Lack of health insurance, working in essential jobs and living in multigenerational households all contribute to higher infection rates

 

May 22, 2020

The Guardian

'The disease is ripping through': why coronavirus is devastating California's Pacific Islanders

Advocates say small community is overlooked, putting lives and customs at risk amid a death rate more than twice that of the overall population

 

May 10, 2020

Honolulu Civil Beat

Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders Confront High Rates of COVID-19 in Many States

In many Western states, as well as Arkansas which has a large Marshallese population, these communities have virus rates that far exceed their share of the population.

 

May 5, 2020

Cal Matters

Track us better: Overlooked Pacific Islanders hit hard by coronavirus

Pacific Islander communities in California have long faced economic and health disparities that make them uniquely vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. Often overlooked by public health officials, community leaders are mounting their own response.

 

April 14, 2020

Northglenn Thorton Sentinel

COVID-19 Rates Disproportionately Higher Among Blacks, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders

Blacks are 3.9% of state population but make up 7% of cases with race reported, Colorado data shows

 

Many look at a disease as some kind of a curse, that there has to be something wrong with your family. ... A big part of our effort is to change this thinking by sharing stories and providing people access to resources.

Kelani Silk, Marshallese Youth of Orange County

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