by Niveditha Bala, Santa Fe New Mexican
Sept. 10, 2020

Since New Mexico’s first reported case of the coronavirus on March 11, the state — and the whole nation — has seen a massive change in routine and policy to help “flatten the curve.”

While communities have come together amid these trying times to stay as safe and stable as possible, it seems the poorest and most disadvantaged people remain overlooked and underserved. As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, already-marginalized groups are disproportionately affected.

With more than 26,000 virus cases statewide, New Mexico public schools moved to an online-only model for (at least) the start of the school year, and many jobs have either cut pay or laid off employees to compensate for losses in revenue. Though this pandemic has impacted everyone, low-income workers and people of color have been hit harder than others — especially in a state like New Mexico, where poverty levels are some of the highest in the nation at 20.4 percent.

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