July 30, 2020 As the number of COVID-19 infections has surged in California, the virus has been especially devastating for Latinos, particularly in the Central Valley and other farming communities. The Latino population makes up a large number of essential workers, putting them at higher risk for contracting the virus. In addition, Latinos also make up largest number of agricultural workers, and many of them often live in crowded housing arrangements and carpool on long commutes to fields for work. Access to healthcare can also be challenging. The Region XI Commission on the Spanish Speaking (RECOSS) has released a video (Facebook/ YouTube) to help support, guide, and minimize the impacts of COVID-19 in Latino communities. The message includes encouragement for those in Latino communities to take the virus seriously in deference to faith and love of neighbor, advising to avoid family visits, meetings and other large gatherings, especially in enclosed spaces. It also gives guidelines on who to contact if employers are not following correct protection and where to seek mental health resources. View the video on Facebook or YouTube. In addition, dioceses are in the process of preparing a box of resources for members of Latino communities that will feature information including food security, immigration, homeschooling and eviction services. Check with the Archdioceses for more.