Poverty, immigration status and high density are factors that increase the probability of acquiring the pandemic

Latino neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19 in Los Angeles

The Boyle Heights area is one of the neighborhoods with the most cases of coronavirus in Los Angeles. (Ciro César / La Opinion)

Photo: Ciro César / La Opinion

East Los Angeles, South Gate and Boyle Heights are the communities with the most coronavirus cases in the city and county of Los Angeles, while Glendale, Westlake and Pico Union have the highest number of deaths from the pandemic.

“This is a critical time for Los Angeles as cases and hospitalizations increase dangerously at the county level,” Comptroller Ron Galperin told the publicize a board with maps that track sick and death by neighborhoods in the city and county of Los Angeles.

“This chart chart can help people understand where infections and deaths are occurring; and how the communities and those who live there are being impacted by this health crisis, “he said.

He added that it is clear that minority people living in economically devastated communities have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. “This shows that a more equitable distribution of resources for those areas is absolutely imperative, now and in the future,” said the Los Angeles comptroller.

East Los Angeles is the neighborhood with the most positive cases of COVID-19. (Araceli Martínez / La Opinion).

In East Los Angeles there have been 3,388 cases of coronavirus; at South Gate, 2,476; and in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, 2,402.

The city of Downey ranks fourth with the highest number of COVID-19 positives, followed by Pomona, El Monte, Compton, Lynwood, and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, Castaic, and Florence-Firestone.

In terms of coronavirus deaths, the city of Glendale has presented the highest number with 120 deaths; followed by the Westlake neighborhood with 112; and Pico Union with 71.

Since the start of the health contingency, Glendale has distinguished itself by topping the list of top cities in Los Angeles County with the highest number of positives for the virus.

Glendale is a city of just over 200,000 inhabitants, with 40% of its population of Armenian origin and only 17% Latino.

The then mayor and current councilor Ara Najarian said that perhaps one of the causes of high spread could be because the Armenians are very familiar and like to be together.

The data thrown by COVID-19 dashboard They are collected by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and are updated daily.

You can visit the box with maps of the city and county of Los Angeles from COVID-19 at: lacontroller.org/covid19resourcehub or https://lacontroller.org/covid19resourcehub/.

The Pico Union neighborhood among those with the most deaths from COVID-19. (Photo Aurelia Ventura / La Opinion)

Signs and flyers

When the positive cases and deaths caused by COVID-19 soared in the neighborhoods of Westlake and Pico Union, Councilor Gil Cedillo, who represents that area in The Los Angeles Council distributed thousands of flyers and signs with information that helps residents protect themselves from the virus.

Across District 1, as of July 14, 7,018 positive cases and 314 deaths had occurred, with Westlake being the most impacted neighborhood with 112 deaths; and the Pico Union area with 71 deaths.

“We think it is very important that people become aware of the dangers that exist now during the pandemic. Particularly in this part of my district, we face challenges of poverty, density and immigration status, factors that increase the probability of being adversely impacted by COVID-19“Said the councilor.

The signs distributed by Cedillo inform about the importance of the use of the mask, social distance, frequent hand washing; and when it is necessary to quarantine and take the COVID-19 exam.

He also distributed 10,000 masks, 2,460 gallons of antibacterial gel, 40 gallons of disinfectant for surfaces.

“We have to recognize this for what it is, a pandemic. We cannot be politicians on this issue or take it lightly, “said Councilman Cedillo.


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