Bethlehem Health Bureau Talks about spike in COVID cases among the city’s Hispanic population

Written by on August 26, 2020

 Bethlehem Health Bureau Talks about spike in COVID cases among the city’s Hispanic population

By Brittany Sweeney

August 26, 2020

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Bethlehem Health Bureau has collected and reported data about each case. WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney reports the city’s Hispanic and Latino communities have been hit hardest.

People of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds can contract the coronavirus.

But data from the Bethlehem Health Bureau shows at the height of the pandemic, the city’s  hispanic community appears to be disproportionately impacted

Kristen Wenrich is Bethlehem’s health director. 

“We saw that the race and ethnicity data specifically the ethnicity data with cases was about 50 percent, Hispanic 50 percent non Hispanic, the population of the Hispanic population in the city is under 30 percent.” 

The department has since ramped up outreach efforts, and Wenrich says the number of cases have leveled off. But she says they would have not have known about the problem without the Bethlehem Health Bureau’s investigations into each COVID-19 case. Something she says is not being done across the state.

Wenrichs says more needs to be done to monitor and break down the race, ethnicity, age, and gender information.

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