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EL DIARIO / CITY LIMITS: City’s Day Laborers Worry More About Collapsing Economy Than Coronavirus

"The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) could mean additional agony for hundreds of day laborers, mostly Latin American immigrants, who stand on the corner of 69th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Queens and other points throughout the city every morning – and now on social media as well – in the hope of scoring temporary work." 

"NICE Deputy Director Claudia Zamora said that, even before the first cases of the coronavirus emerged in New York, the organization has been distributing safety and hygiene information to the hundreds of people who visit their offices every day seeking support to find work. In 2019, NICE reported welcoming some 7,500 people between the hours of 7 and 11:30 a.m. The opportunities available generally consist of a few hours of work per day.

“We post the messages sent by the Department of Health on our social media accounts so people can take minimal hygiene measures, but we also try to establish new sanitary ways to greet and have contact because, as you know, we Latin Americans are used to having close physical interaction,” said Zamora."

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