In summer 2020, AIM leaders were often unable to access testing, even when they had symptoms. AIM leaders learned that 74% of Montgomery County’s new COVID-19 cases were Hispanic residents, though the Hispanic community represents only 1/5 of the county’s residents. Additionally, there were only two COVID testing sites in the five zip codes with the most cases. AIM held a press conference and pushed the County Council and Executive to open new sites in these communities, including on several on AIM congregational properties in the hardest hit communities.
- The Washington Post | In this Maryland suburb, 74 percent of new covid-19 patients are Hispanic — July 14, 2020.
- Fox 5 DC | Latino community in Montgomery County disproportionately affected by COVID-19 — July 14, 2020
- DCist | Montgomery County Houses of Worship Offer Their Parking Lots as COVID-19 Testing Sites — July 22, 2020.
- MyMCMedia | COVID-19 Cost her a Job and maybe her home — July 21, 2020