COVID-19 cases have spiked among the state’s Latinx community, yet most of these residents can’t access basic health services. Advocates say the pandemic has highlighted how the country’s public health system has neglected undocumented residents. While Hispanics make up around 9% of North Carolina’s population, as of mid-June, they accounted for 44% of the state’s COVID-19 cases, according to state data. Many of the state’s immigrants work in food processing, construction, deliveries or cleaning services and can’t afford to stay home if they feel sick.
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