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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minorities In New York More Likely To Have Had COVID-19, Tests Show

Matt Rourke

Preliminary results from COVID-19 antibody tests in New York show that black and Latino communities have disproportionately contracted the coronavirus.   

Governor Andrew Cuomo says more COVID-19 testing is needed for those communities to slow down the spread of the virus, and churches have stepped up to help. 

“Many churches have said they would be willing to use their facilities for testing sites. As we ramp up the testing, I want to get it into the African American and Latino community and using the churches as a network, I think is going to be extraordinarily effective.”

Cuomo says black and Latino people represent a third of those tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Nearly 45% tested positive. Suffolk County has opened five hotspot test sites in hard-hit areas, like Wyandanch and Amityville. A sixth will open in Coram this week.

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Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.
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