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A large percentage of Minnesota COVID-19 patients don't speak English


Elizabeth Flores – Star Tribune

Interpreter Lansa Dawano worked at the M Health Fairview call center to interpret the Oromo and Amharic languages for callers, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Minneapolis.

The pandemic has heightened the need for interpreters as hospitals cope with a disproportionate number of COVID-19 patients who speak languages other than English.

As of mid-May, 22% of the Minnesota Department of Health's interviews with people who had laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases required an interpreter - more than five times the proportion of the state's population lacking fluency in English.


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