Costa Calls for COVID-19 Materials Be Made Available to Diverse Communities

Apr 2, 2020
Press Release

FRESNO – In an effort to ensure that the diverse communities of the Central Valley are fully informed about the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Jim Costa sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to request that resources and materials are produced in a wide range of languages to educate and inform those residents:

“My district is home to one of the most diverse areas in our great nation”, says Costa. “But the lack of information for those who don’t use English as their first language puts them and their families at great risk. I’m calling on Sec. Azar to quickly produce factual and informative information that is easily accessible for everyone! We must do all we can to ensure every person in America has the information they need protect themselves and defeat this virus.”

Congressman Costa’s district is home to one of the largest Hmong and Punjabi communities in the United States. The lack of information in those languages, including countless others in the nation, creates a troubling information gap. This lack of information also creates a climate where rumor and misinformation gain traction, making the fight against the virus more difficult.