Multicultural communities have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus and because of this must operate under more cautious instructions and have ready access to updated guidelines. Please refer to the following information & organizations to help the decrease health disparities affecting our communities and remember that by following state 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.
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
Native American & Alaska Native Communities
The Native American & 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 as the Navajo Nation has been hardest hit. Information specific to the federal health services response on Native American Reservations can be found at https://www.ihs.gov/.
A Message from Utah’s Faith Leaders
Resources in other Languages
Resources in other Languages
- FREE COMMUNITY TESTING AVAILABLE: Community organizations are providing mobile testing sites for free COVID-19 testing. Please see the list to the right for upcoming times and locations.
- June 17, 2020 – 2-6 p.m. at Kearns Rec Center, 5670 Cougar Lane (4800 W), Kearns.
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 Subcommittee
A recent study by the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs showed that many minority, 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 Subcommittee to ensure that vulnerable and underserved communities receive important news and information about the current pandemic.
To learn more about the Multicultural Subcommittee’s purpose and goals, including how to contact the subcommittee members, click here.