The Intersection of Meatpacking and Vulnerability: COVID-19 in the High Plains of Texas

dc.contributor.advisorJones, Richard C.
dc.contributor.authorGillis, Jamie
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBagheri, Nazgol
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDebbage, Neil
dc.creator.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3984-6196
dc.date.accessioned2024-01-29T15:44:09Z
dc.date.available2024-01-29T15:44:09Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.descriptionThe author has granted permission for their work to be available to the general public.
dc.description.abstractThe 2020 onset of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, was an opportunity to observe the unequal spread of a virus amongst the United States population. Large meatpacking plants have seen outbreaks of cases and deaths globally. Their vulnerable workforce of majority immigrant and refugee labor was put at risk while they kept America fed. This study sought to delineate the relationship between COVID-19, large meatpacking plants, and their associated demographic and socioeconomic variables for counties in the High Plains region of Texas. Statistical analysis used included Spearman correlation, linear regression, and spatial analysis using ArcGIS. Results reveal the complex relationship between economic industry, socioeconomics, and COVID-19 case rate as virus spread in the study area. A spatio-temporal characterization of this diffusion concludes that an ethnic divide along with the economic industry of meatpacking worked in tandem to structure the diffusion of the virus.
dc.description.departmentPolitical Science and Geography
dc.format.extent61 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/2787
dc.languageen
dc.subjectCOVID-19
dc.subjectmeatpacking
dc.subjectrefugees
dc.subjectspatial diffusion
dc.subjectvulnerability
dc.subject.classificationGeography
dc.subject.classificationPublic health
dc.subject.classificationEpidemiology
dc.titleThe Intersection of Meatpacking and Vulnerability: COVID-19 in the High Plains of Texas
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.dcmiText
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thesis.degree.departmentPolitical Science and Geography
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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