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Author Topic: Black, Latino NC workers had to play ‘Russian Roulette’ during COVID.  (Read 24 times)

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Black, Latino NC workers had to play ‘Russian Roulette’ during COVID. The toll was steep.

For Rigoberto Cabrera Lopez and his family, working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t an option.

All labored in close quarters in meat processing plants east of Fayetteville, where coronavirus outbreaks began to pop up early last year. Cabrera Lopez continued to chop pork, though, even in late April 2020 after a coworker fell ill with what appeared to be COVID-19, his wife, Tomasa Cabrera, said.

Cabrera Lopez died on May 5, within a week of getting sick. He was 48.

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article251871898.html

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For this story, McClatchy North Carolina analyzed the death records of working-age coronavirus victims — those between 19 and 65. Reporters reviewed the occupations and industries of those workers — about 1,100 records in all.

A picture emerged. Like Cabrera Lopez, those who died often had low-paying jobs in essential industries, such as food processing, food service, health care, construction and transportation. And like Cabrera Lopez, a high percentage were Black or Latino, the data show.

 

 

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