Rideshare drivers feeling impact of COVID-19 outbreak

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FILE – This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber, in San Francisco. Uber acknowledged more than 3,000 sexual assaults occurred during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

ODESSA, Texas (YourBasin) — Workers across the country continue struggling with COVID-19. For some of those most at risk for the virus, they have no other choice but to give up their income. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over 64-years-old stays home and practices social distancing.

68-year-old Stan Galarza has been part of the rideshare community for three years. Retired, he works with Uber to provide extra income to support his 14-year-old daughter and help her save for college. Galarza says he loves working with Uber, but because he is considered high-risk, he is concerned about his health.

Over the past few weeks, Galarza has seen a significant decrease in customers. Galarza says before he decided to take time away from Uber, he was down to half the rides he used to make.

Galarza says he believes Uber drivers provide a necessary service to the community and he will miss giving rides to people who need it.

“I am not a couch potato type person,” Galarza says. “It kind of feels good to get out and about and just talk to people. I like staying in touch with the community.”

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