Latinx Newswire

National Day of Remembrance of Latinxs Killed by Covid-19

NEW YORK, NY - November 2, 2020 – (LATINX NEWSWIRE) - Latinas in Business Inc. President and CEO Susana G Baumann is asking Latina leaders in particular, and all members of the Latinx community at large, to support her petition to dedicate November 1st as “National Day of Remembrance of Latinxs Killed by COVID-19.”

“As of Tuesday, October 13 of this year, 43,953 Latinxs have been reported to lose their lives to COVID-19. As the pandemic takes a spike in the months of October and November with the feared “second wave,” many more are expected to die due to health disparities and working as essential workers at the forefront of the pandemic,” said Baumann.

In the best tradition of the Catholic Church that celebrates All Saints' Day on November 1st, Baumann proposes to dedicate that day to Latinxs’ beloved family members who died by no fault of their own. The holiday is a Solemnity in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, a Festival in the Lutheran Churches, as well as a Principal Feast of the Anglican Communion.

“President Donald Trump continues to divide the nation by declaring 1 November as a ‘National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed by Illegal Aliens’ nationwide. Adding insult to injury, the President continues in his crusade against the Latinx community,” Baumann continued.

According to a report from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for fiscal year 2018, just over 1,600 homicide convictions were on the criminal records of people arrested by ICE for being in the country illegally. ICE reported a similar number of homicide convictions (1,531) the previous year. This is well below the 10,150 claimed by numbers reported on social media.

Latinos and black people together comprise 55% of coronavirus cases, nearly double their U.S. population makeup, according to CDC data released June 15, 2020.

As of October 23, 2020, the U.S. COVID-19-associated hospitalization rate was 193.7 per 100,000, according to CDC data. That is compared to 120.9 on July 24. Hospitalization rates for Latinos are 4.5 times the rate among Whites. Nationwide, Latinos are 3.2 times more likely to have died than Whites, when age is taken into account.

Ages 0-24

-Latinos: 43.2% distribution of COVID-19 deaths

 Ages 25-34

-Latinos: 43% distribution of COVID-19 deaths

Ages 35-44

-Latinos: 49% distribution of COVID-19 deaths

 Ages 45-54

-Latinos: 43.2% distribution of COVID-19 deaths

Ages 65-74

-Latinos: 23.4% distribution of COVID-19 deaths

(Source: CDC data released June 15, 2020.)

Baumann is asking the Latinxs community in particular and the American community at large to support their petition to both Houses of Congress.

“We the petitioners are asking to dedicate November 1 to ‘National Day of Remembrance of Latinxs Killed by Covid-19,’ a hard-working community that is at the forefront of the pandemic working in factories, hospitals, farms and the fields.

“Our beloved family members who deserved better care and protection from an Administration that has systematically denied the virus pandemic, had to die in isolation, without the consolation of their relatives, friends and community,” Baumann concluded.