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The state health director said Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders have the highest rate of COVID-19 in the state, but that’s not apparent from data posted on the state’s website.
More than 60 nonprofits want the state to expand its safety net to help immigrants and other marginalized groups.
Those who don’t speak English, don’t have computers or lack bank accounts hit barriers using the swamped system.
Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Ed Case introduced a resolution to study the idea.
A Los Angeles Times analysis found Pacific Islanders, including Native Hawaiians, are disproportionately dying in relation to their population in California.
The U.S. has also named negotiators for the treaties with three Pacific nations that officials say are critical to American national security interests.
The latest data shows Pacific Islanders in Oregon have more than 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases per 10,000 residents, twice as high as any other ethnic or racial group.
Some protesters, small business owners and others chafe at the continued restrictions, but many worry about lifting those too early.