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Census Tract Patterns and Contextual Social Determinants of Health Associated With COVID-19 in a Hispanic Population From South Texas: A Spatiotemporal Perspective

Bauer, C., Zhang, K., Lee, M., Fisher-Hoch, S., Guajardo, E., McCormick, J., de la Cerda, I., Fernandez, M.E., Reininger, B.

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Peer Review Study

Data Collection and Analysis
Economic Stability
Healthcare Access and Quality
Neighborhood and Built Environment
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Outside U.S.

Data Collection and Reporting

This study examined the sociodemographic characteristics of the residents of Cameron County, Texas, one of the most Hispanic-populated counties in the United States with over 90% of residents identifying as Hispanic. The study analyzed data from March to December 2020, and studied both social determinants of health and COVID-19 mitigation policies, such as the “shelter in place” mandate. The results show that single parents, those living below the poverty level, and those who do not fluently speak English are at a more increased risk of contracting COVID-19. The shelter in place mandate was able to reduce community transmission within three weeks of implementation, but the results of its impact vary greatly by age, sex, and race.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

Hispanic, Latino, or Latinx

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