Worcester's Health and Human Services Committee is updating the public about the work of the city's COVID-19 Equity Task Force.
City Councilor Sarai Rivera says marginalized and minority community members are suffering disproportionally during the COVID-19 crisis due to the inequities in society caused by systematic racism and biases.
Rivera says in Worcester, Black and Latino populations are affected by the virus at a much higher rate.
Umass Memorial president and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson says the hospital did a zip code analysis to see which areas are affected more.
The hospital is bringing mobile testing units to those areas.
Dr. Dickson said, “We had to pick up the site and move it where the infection was because it's not going to come to us in terms of the testing. If you set up here on the university campus and people have to drive you'll really miss the outbreaks in the underserved neighborhoods."
Umass Memorial Healthcare and the COVID-19 equity task force hosted a testing and resource fair at the Main South CDC this week.
For a list of future meetings, see the image below: