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Los Angeles County health officials said those living in low-income areas of the city are three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those living in wealthier areas, said Sunday a report.
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The Los Angeles Times reported that black people in the county had the highest death rates, followed by Latin Americans. The report says that 117,000 people in the county and about 14% have tested positive.
KTLA said the county reported 18 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths to 913. The number of infections has approached 20,000.
“The most difficult part of the COVID-19 pandemic is the loss of people due to the virus,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for the county of L.A.
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His statement said that of the 18 who died on Sunday, 13 were over 65, four were between 41 and 65 and one was between 18 and 40. Fifteen had underlying conditions. The report says that 93% of deaths were linked to an underlying health problem.
“As we have more information on who dies, we remember that the work to come requires that we address the problems of disproportionality that lead to higher mortality rates among African Americans, Latinx and Asians as well as residents living in poverty. “