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How are Buffalo's Spanish speakers coping with coronavirus?

"It's important that somebody steps up"
Posted at 7:31 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 19:31:00-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — There's a growing issue within the Latino community in Buffalo - a breakdown in communication about the coronavirus. That's what Alberto Cappas, the publisher of Latino Village, told 7 Eyewitness News Thursday.

"I'm Puerto Rican. This is a Puerto Rican Latino community, so it's important that somebody steps up," said Cappas, "It's important. People are dying."

That's he published the April issue of the Latino Village early. It explains, in both English and Spanish, what the virus is and how to protect yourself.

"It's like having potential victims of the virus walking around not even aware of the situation," Cappas said.

Cappas and other community members have also made signs warning about COVID-19 to inform more people.

"We've been lucky that a lot of agencies have come forward and provided a lot of information," Cappas said.

Like the Belle Center. Executive Director Lucy Candelario said the majority of the staff are fluent in Spanish speakers.

"We have literature that's in several languages so we're able to use that literature to be able to explain to those individuals what's happening," said Candelario.

The community center is closed, but signs in both English and Spanish are posted on the front door with information about coronavirus.