It’s a scary time for everyone as we collectively confront the COVID-19 pandemic. But for Spanish speakers, it’s easy to feel even more anxious than the rest because information is rampant.
Not to mention, Arizona’s Spanish communications on the virus outbreak came out later, and Arizona officials have had issues with Spanish communications overall.
At Copper Courier, we wanted to make things a little simpler by compiling some resources we found “en español” that can help in this time of crisis.
Sources En Español
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) offers medical programs, nutrition, and cash assistance to Arizona residents who meet certain income requirements. People can apply online for themselves, a family member, or someone with close ties. Here is the application in Spanish.
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The Arizona Department of Health Services provides daily updates of COVID-19 statistics, and the state’s overall response to the coronavirus outbreak. ADHS has a Spanish translated resource page for COVID-19. There’s a banner that reads: “Respuesta de emergencia de Arizona al brote de COVID-19,” or “Arizona’s Emergency Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak.” The page includes a prominent red button where people can switch between English and Spanish.
The Arizona Department of Housing also has a general information page in Spanish, as well as a resource page listing programs and services for those who need information during this time.
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AZ Health Zone offers a Spanish-language resource page, Zona de Salud, where people can also get information on SNAP or nutrition assistance benefits to help families buy food.
The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) website in Spanish, as The Americano notes, doesn’t have all of the resources available in English. It does, however, include written instructions in Spanish for how people can create cloth face masks. The CDC also has a Spanish-language explainer video, as well as COVID-19 graphics explaining the virus symptoms and what to do.
The Department of Economic Security (DES) has Spanish application forms for benefits here, the Medicare cost-saving program here, and information on Arizona Long Term Care (ALTCS) here.
Feeding America is helping people in need get nourishing food, including fruits and vegetables, from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers with emergency food boxes and drive-thru pantries. The website has a Spanish language resource page here.
The Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) was created in 1925 to establish a workers’ compensation system. Its website has a Spanish-language poster explaining Arizona’s earned paid sick time, as well as a Spanish-language poster showing Arizona’s current minimum wage.
The KidsCare program also falls under AHCCCS and offers health insurance for eligible kids under 19 years old. It’s also commonly known as Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Here is the application in Spanish.
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The Nogales International has a Spanish version of its local newspaper that covers Santa Cruz County. Nogales International En Tu Idioma offers the latest border-related stories, including COVID-19 updates, in the language the majority of that community understands.
The State of Arizona‘s website explains how to use dial 2-1-1 for important information on COVID-19 in both English and Spanish.
USA.gov has a resource page in Spanish on how to apply for unemployment benefits or get information about workers’ compensation, welfare, or temporary assistance for those people who have lost jobs.
WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) also has a Spanish language information page. The agency notes that as COVID-19 continues to impact everyone, it will continue to provide services despite having to close some offices to try and reduce contact with the general public.
Finally, House Democrats shared this message on Twitter ‘en español’ reminding everyone that we’re all in this together when it comes to the battle against this virus.
Did we miss anything? If you know of other helpful resources in Spanish — let us know.