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Minnesota officials stopped a door-to-door coronavirus survey after public health workers faced racial slurs and intimidation

Added 09-26-20 09:14:02pm EST - “One Hispanic public health worker said she had been called more racist slurs while carrying out the survey than she had in her whole life.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Minnesota officials stopped a door-to-door coronavirus survey after public health workers faced racial slurs and intimidation”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Minnesota officials halted a door-to-door COVID-19 survey gauging the prevalence of the virus after residents intimidated and shouted racist slurs at health care workers, The Star Tribune reported. 

The newspaper reported that the surveyors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were insulted by angry residents at their doors and from nearby neighbors.

One Hispanic surveyor said she had been called more slurs in the week of doing the survey than she had "in her entire life," according to The Star Tribune.

A state health official also told the newspaper one team felt threatened by three men, including one whose hand was on a holstered gun, though the city's mayor later disputed that account, said no one was armed, and that the men had approached due to concerns about an unmarked car with out-of-state license plates going door-do-door.

"In a small town where everyone knows everyone, a group of unfamiliar people with out-of-state plates is unusual, and to some residents is a cause for concern," Adamson said in a statement, according to MPR. "This situation was handled professionally, courteously and unbiased with no racial slurs, threats or inappropriate comments made." 

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