Black people are disproportionately hit hard by coronavirus. L.A. County is taking action

In Los Angeles Times by

L.A. County’s public health department will expand coronavirus testing for South L.A. residents among other steps to help diverse communities.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles County health officials released preliminary data that showed black residents were dying at a slightly higher rate than other races.

The data, which L.A. County public health director Barbara Ferrer cautioned were based on just 57% of reported deaths so far, provide the first official snapshot of the coronavirus illness’ impact on race in the state of California. The release follows recent findings that black people are falling to the illness at higher rates than other races in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C.
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Author: Jaclyn Cosgrove, Ben Poston

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