Multicultural communities have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus. We encourage communities to follow state and local health guidelines. Please refer to the following information & organizations to help the decrease health disparities affecting our communities and remember that by following guidelines, you protect yourself and those around you. Let’s work together to inform, uplift, and recover.
Case Counts for Racial Ethnic Populations
The state compiles case count data by demographics. These numbers can be found on the Case Counts page by clicking on the Demographics tab located along the blue bar above the charts.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
COVID-19 vaccine testing has been done under best practices across all demographics to ensure it will have the most productive result for all communities. In our day, as in the past, there is a lack of trust in vaccinations, but as COVID-19 continues to impact people of color at higher rates, experts have advised that vaccinations are essential in defeating COVID-19. Learn more at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine |En Español: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/vacunas/
- Vaccine Newsletter: Sign Up for Vaccination Updates (English)
- Recibe Actualizaciones de las Vacunas (Español)
- What Multicultural Communities Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine
- Download the vaccine fact sheet (English & Español)
- Vaccine Videos in Multiple Languages
- Vaccine Flyers & Additional Materials
Community Webinars on COVID-19 Vaccine
Community organizations have partnered to provide vaccine information sessions to a variety of diverse groups. Learn from local experts and community leaders about how you can prepare to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Share widely so that all can make informed decisions and combat misinformation.
Diverse Communities Get COVID-19 Vaccinations
Latino Community (La Comunidad Latina)
The Latino community makes up 14.2% Utah’s total population, but it accounts for the highest portion of all positive COVID-19 cases among underrepresented groups. Individuals, businesses, and community leaders should be practicing social distancing measures to bring case counts down. Mixed-immigration status families should know that their health comes first and to seek testing or medical treatment without fear of legal repercussions. Personal information given to health professionals will not be used against you. Please refer to the following information & organizations to help decrease health disparities through personal protection, accurate information and resources, and advocacy support.
La comunidad latina representa el 14.2% de la población total de Utah, pero representa la porción más alta de todos los casos positivos de coronavirus entre los grupos subrepresentados. Los individuos, las empresas y los líderes de la comunidad deberían estar practicando medidas de distanciamiento social para reducir los casos. Las familias con estatus de inmigración mixta deben saber que su salud es lo primero y buscar pruebas o tratamiento médico sin temor a repercusiones legales. La información personal dada a los profesionales de la salud no se utilizará en su contra. Consulte la siguiente información y organizaciones para ayudar a disminuir las disparidades de salud a través de la protección personal e información y recursos.
Pacific Islander Community
American Indian & Alaska Native Communities
The American Indian & Alaska Native communities make up 2.3% of Utah’s total population, but account for a disproportionate amount of positive COVID-19 cases. The State of Utah continues to work closely with tribal partners and state and local public health officials to coordinate a comprehensive public health response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Navajo Nation has been hardest hit. Information specific to this effort can be found at http://health.utah.gov/indianh/. Also be sure to visit the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake’s website for community resources available near you: https://uicsl.org/.
COVID-19 Testing Efforts
- FREE COMMUNITY TESTING AVAILABLE: Community organizations are providing mobile testing sites for free COVID-19 testing. Please visit the sites below to find a testing site near you.
A Message from Utah’s Faith Leaders
Resources in other Languages
Resources in other Languages
Public health officials have advised that individuals practice social distancing or limit physical interactions to decrease potential of COVID-19 spread. We understand this may take a toll on mental health. Please take time to assess your mental health accordingly and look to the following list of culturally-aware mental health organizations for support and resources:
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the UNI CrisisLine at 801-587-3000. Other crisis resources and crisis-related telephone hotlines (suicide, domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse) are available at http://utahsuicideprevention.org/get-help.
- Common Warning Signs of a Mental Health Condition
- Finding Culturally Aware Mental Health Providers
- How to Help a Friend
- Mental Health in the Asian Community
- Mental Health in the Southeast Asian Community
- Mental Health in the Black Community
- Mental Health in the Latino Community
- Mental Health in Native American Community
- Mental Health in the Pacific Islander Community
- Social Distancing & Mental Health
- Suicide Prevention
- Support for Students
About the Multicultural Advisory Committee
A recent study by the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs showed that many communities of color, low-income and other underserved communities are facing additional challenges because of the pandemic. On April 23, 2020 the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force created the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the State of Utah’s COVID-19 Response to ensure that vulnerable and underserved communities receive important news and information about the current pandemic.
To learn more about the Multicultural Advisory Committee’s purpose and goals, including how to contact the committee members, click here.