ORLANDO, Fla. – Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Florida) hosted a virtual Spanish-Language town hall with medical experts and Hispanic leaders including Fr. Jose Rodriguez of Jesus de Nazaret Iglesia Episcopal and Gaby Ortigoni president of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, to discuss the coronavirus pandemic’s disproportionate impact on the Hispanic community.
What You Need To Know
- Virtual townhall on coronavirus impacts
- Leaders say pandemic disproportionately impacts Hispanic community
- Data shows Hispanics made up 44% of coronavirus cases in Florida
They discussed where to receive hunger relief and how businesses can apply for financial relief. Also, a medical expert spoke about how long to expect a vaccine. He said it may not be ready by the end of the year or the start of next year.
Rep. Murphy discussed how the Heroes Act could help provide the Hispanic community including undocumented immigrants who pay federal taxes with financial relief. The House passed the $3 trillion mid-May.
In a statement, Trump Victory spokesperson Andres Malave said, “Murphy is busy politicizing a national emergency, and has worked to stall aid to Florida small businesses by voting for Nancy Pelosi’s socialist wish list. President Trump’s policies have built the strongest economy in the world over the last three years, that delivered record-low unemployment levels for the Hispanic community, and he’s poised to do it again.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment for the Hispanic community was 17.6 in May, higher than the national average.
The COVID Tracking Project reported despite being 26 percent of the state’s population Hispanics made up 44 percent of coronavirus cases and a quarter of coronavirus-related deaths.