Ever since the coronavirus pandemic started, Vanessa Jacome has been worried. The Latina mother and wife from Charlotte knew her family’s chances of getting sick were as high as any other, but she still took every precaution possible.

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Latinos now account for more than a quarter of Covid-19 cases in Buncombe County.


Guía práctica en tiempos de COVID-19

A continuación les presentamos una guía de recursos para que cuenten con información esencial sobre el coronavirus y recomendaciones básicas en tiempos de crisis. Estos datos y consejos están principalmente destinados para los habitantes del Oeste de Carolina del Norte así como también para las áreas donde se escucha BPR. 


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A new center honoring Latinx art and culture is making its way to Western North Carolina. Hendersonville-based non-profit Hola Community Arts has acquired a new space in Jackson Park for public art installations and classes.

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This week marks the celebration of a traditional Mexican holiday with ancient Aztec origins. 

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An Asheville business program created to support women and communities of color who want to do business with the city  just got a makeover.  BPR’s Helen Chickering has details.

A picture of Taquería del Sol, a metal food truck behind a barbed wire fence with a hand-painted sign indicating the kinds of tacos the truck sells.
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A new interactive taco map highlights minority and women-owned businesses in the area. Multimedia designer and creator Luis Martinez launched Taco Map AVL in July. He said he hopes the map brings together communities and dispel stereotypes about Latinx people in the region.

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department has a new community liaison outreach coordinator. 

Stephanie Barbosa officially joined the department last month to help build trust within the Latinx and immigrant community. There has been fallout, partially due to the sheriff’s decision to renew a voluntary agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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Western Carolina University is adding to its degree offerings, to better reflect the growing diversity on campus. The Latinx student population has increased significantly in less than a decade, to 700 students in 2018, compared to 105 in 2010.

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Boy Scouts isn’t just for the boys anymore. The organization last year announced it would begin welcoming girls. Since the change, a new Cub Pack in Henderson County started up as an opportunity for Latinx kids to engage with the community and develop those trusty Scout leadership skills.