Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM) conducted an online survey to assess how the current COVID-19 pandemic had affected various aspects of clients’ and community members’ lives. Besides the demographic information, the survey captured information about the impact that the current pandemic has had on participants’ well-being, including their physical and mental health, and economic challenges related to the pandemic.
The survey was completed by LCM staff with clients and shared online through the LCM social media and reshared by community partners and clients between September 1-12, 2020.
• There were a total of 311 responses, with 77.6% of responses from LCM clients. LCM clients were almost evenly split between the Family and Community Wellbeing (FCW), Pathways to Success (P2S), and Adult Basic Education (ABE).
• Demographic characteristics of respondents are presented in Table 1. Respondents were mainly female (73.4%) and had a median age of 36 years old (SD 14.1). Most respondents spoke Spanish as their primary language (82.6%
Demographic Characteristics of Participants
Less than half of respondents had personally been tested for COVID-19 (38.7%) and among those, 19.7% tested positive. The vast majority of participants were worried about having a family member get sick from COVID-19. Other concerns are presented in Figure 1.
Over a quarter of respondents (25.3%) indicated that their hours at work had been cut and 11.1% reported that they had lost their jobs. Nearly a quarter of respondents (24.1%) noted that they were not able to pay their rent or utilities, and 16.1% had to apply for public benefits such as SNAP and WIC.
Although almost half of respondents indicated that their access to food had not changed because COVID-19, 23.4% noted that they had enough food but had difficulty getting to the store or finding items. Additionally, 19.1% of respondents indicated that they had occasionally been without enough food or good quality foods, and 8% reported to have frequently been without enough food.
More than half of respondents strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that the country had become more dangerous for people of their racial/ethnic group because of fear of COVID-19.