COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Among Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant (RIM) Populations: Important Considerations for Health Departments [open pdf - 217KB]
From the Document: "While COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] is a public health threat to the entire U.S. population, there is growing evidence that the outbreak disproportionately affects certain groups, including RIM [Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant] populations. Long-standing systemic health, economic and social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at an increased risk of becoming seriously ill and dying from COVID-19. Due to social and economic conditions, RIM populations may face many of these same challenges that lead to poorer health outcomes. These communities also face unique risks for COVID-19 infection. Many RIM populations face economic, cultural, geographic, and legal barriers to health care, including lack of health insurance compared to the U.S.-born population. Critical infrastructure industries, including the food, agriculture, and hospitality sectors, often rely on large numbers of RIM employees as essential workers and may include work environments that present challenges to social distancing."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/