Oct 7, 2020 - Health

Rep. Ruiz: Coronavirus stimulus holdup could exacerbate health disparities

Axios' Caitlin Owens and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.). Photo: Axios

Axios' Caitlin Owens (left) and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.). Photo: Axios

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that not passing another coronavirus stimulus package has left holes in state and local infrastructure to adequately fight the pandemic.

Driving the news: This week President Trump ended coronavirus stimulus negotiations with Congress until after the election. Districts with communities of color have desperately needed the aid.

The big picture: The lack of fully funding a public health mitigation program is causing farm workers and Latino communities to especially suffer, said Ruiz, a physician who practiced emergency medicine before his election to Congress.

  • "If you just have testing, you do not have the contact tracing, then you are wasting your money on just testing," he told Axios' Caitlin Owens.
  • "If you have testing, and contact tracing but you don’t support the working families that can’t self-quarantine at home from staying away from their loved ones so they don’t spread this infection to others, then you’re not fully addressing the problem."

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