‘Staggering increase of over 800%:’ Death among L.A. County Latinos from COVID-19 continues to spike

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Elizabeth Garibay prepares a floral cross for a funeral at her family business J & I Florist on Dec. 17 in Los Angeles. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Elizabeth Garibay prepares a floral cross for a funeral at her family business J & I Florist on Dec. 17 in Los Angeles. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

As the coronavirus spreads relentlessly through Los Angeles County, poor neighborhoods and the region’s Latino and Black communities continue to bear the brunt of illness and death, according to data released Wednesday.

These groups have been disproportionately hard hit since the beginning of the pandemic, but the gap had eased during the summer. That progress has disappeared and members of those communities are now dying at rates far worse than at any previous point in the COVID-19 crisis.

People living in the most impoverished neighborhoods of the county are now averaging about 36 deaths a day per 100,000 residents. By contrast, those living in the wealthiest areas are experiencing about 10 deaths a day per 100,000 residents.

Latino residents in L.A. County are dying at an astonishing eight times the rate they once did — from 3½ daily deaths per 100,000 in early November to 28 deaths a day now for every 100,000.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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