TEXAS — On Tuesday, March 23, 2020, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a stay-at-home order and Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued a shelter-in-place order in response to rising cases of coronavirus across the state.
The following is a statement from Antonio Arellano, interim executive director of Jolt Action, a Texas Latino voter organization:
“Texas has confirmed over 700 coronavirus cases and is home to three of the top ten largest cities in the country. We must lead on this issue and confront this challenge with courage and unwavering resolve. Texas also has some of the highest rates of uninsured people in the United States, we must recognize the increased risk that our population faces and act swiftly to protect our vulnerable communities while supporting our healthcare workers.
“As the leading organization mobilizing Texas Latino youth, Jolt is urging our members and all Texans to keep their communities and loved ones safe during this pandemic by complying with orders from their local officials to stay home. COVID-19 calls for unprecedented action. During these challenging times, it’s imperative that we recognize the urgency of this moment and do our part.
“By staying home and continuing to practice standard hygiene, we will save lives.”
Jolt Action is the largest Latino progressive organization in Texas, focused on building the political power and growing the influence of young Latinos.