Monroe County Executive Adam Bello says that a Spanish-language simulcast of his weekly COVID-19 update will be available on the county’s YouTube channel.
The simulcast is being developed with the help of the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub and Strong Memorial Hospital’s Interpreter Services Office.
Bello says that as the county continues efforts to get as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 as possible, it’s imperative to break down language barriers and bring all county residents into conversations about health and safety.
He says the Spanish language simulcast of the COVID-19 updates, which also usually include Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza, will help in the county’s efforts to ensure equity in vaccine distribution.
Anthony Plonczynski-Figueroa, co-founder of La Cumbre, says the group is encouraged by the county taking this step, since language access issues can “create barriers to the delivery of vital information and resources.”
Future simulcasts will be streamed live on the Monroe County Department of Communications YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYK2hkGHcwSJwDGMs-8yWPA
The weekly updates on COVID-19 from Monroe county typically air at 2 p.m. Thursdays and are streamed in English on the county executive’s Facebook page.