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      Throughout the pandemic, people living in low-resourced neighborhoods and people of color have been dis-proportionally impacted by COVID-19.

      By News Desk

      L.A. County Health Department reports that while cases are dropping overall, there remains a gap between Latino/Latinx residents and other groups. The rate dropped from a peak of 2,452 new cases per 100,000 people in early January for Latino/Latinx residents to 139 new cases per 100,000 people as of February 27. Black/African American residents have the second highest case rate of 78 new cases per 100,000 people. White residents have a case rate of 73 new cases per 100,000 people and Asian residents have a case rate of 63 new cases per 100,000 people.

      When the surge began in early-November, the average number of Latino/Latinx residents who passed away each day was 3.4 deaths per 100,000 people and then sharply increased to 59 deaths per 100,000 people in mid-January.

      As of February 27, the mortality rate among Latino/Latinx residents has declined to 13 deaths per 100,000 people, yet still remains more than double that of other groups. Since mid-January, the mortality rate among African American/Black residents decreased from nearly 29 deaths per 100,000 people to 6 deaths per 100,000 people. Deaths among Asian and White residents have declined since the peak, to 5 deaths per 100,000 people.

      In mid-January, those in the lowest resourced areas of Los Angeles were experiencing an average of 70 deaths each day from COVID-19 per 100,000 residents. That was more than three times the death rate for those living in higher income areas. As of February 27, the mortality rate among residents in the lowest resourced areas decreased to 12 deaths from COVID-19 per 100,000 people, but that is still twice the rate for people living the highest resourced areas. The gaps are closing, just not as quickly as the County would like.

      The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports:

      As we vaccinate our residents who are 65 and older, we are seeing a very similar and damaging pattern of disproportionality. White and Asian residents 65 and older continue to have the highest vaccination rate. As of March 6, almost 59% of White residents and almost 53% of Asian residents 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. But only 48% of American Indian/Alaska Native residents, 43% of Latinx residents, and 38% of Black residents who are age 65 and older have received at least one dose. While these inequities are stark and unfair, we are working to close these gaps and have made some progress improving vaccination rates in the hardest hit communities. The vaccination rate for Black residents saw the largest increase at almost 92%. For American Indian/Alaska Native residents, the vaccine rate increased almost 70%, and for Latinx residents the vaccine rate increased by 65.8%. The vaccine rate for White residents increased by 46.1% and for Asian residents increased 44.3%.

      As more groups become eligible to be vaccinated and we continue to have a shortage of supply, we are prioritizing closing these gaps and making sure that the hardest hit communities have access to the vaccine and barriers that prevent this are mitigated.  Strategies to ensure this include:

      • having sites in areas that have been most impacted by this pandemic and have the fewest resources;
      • collaborating with faith based and community-based partners to make appointments for community residents, and
      • creating ways to solve transportation and registration barriers.

      We will continue to work with our extraordinary partners to innovate and create ways that are tailored to our county and to the people who live here so that everyone has access to the vaccine.

      For information about vaccine appointments in L.A. County and when your turn is coming up, to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, and much more, visit:VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish).

      > Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. L.A. County sites are only vaccinating people who either live or work in L.A. County.


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