Coronavirus ravages California’s Central Valley, following a cruel and familiar path

News Story (California)

Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
July 28, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Unemployment Insurance

Organizations mentioned/involved: California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)


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The demographics of those getting sick in the rural hamlets of America’s famed agricultural zone are the same as those who have been hit hard in big cities and suburbs: Essential workers — many of them Latino — who cannot stay home for financial reasons when they fall ill on the job and also have a hard time isolating in housing that can be crowded and multigenerational. Public health officials and medical experts say the pattern of spread underscores the deep inequities of the coronavirus in California, which has infected Black and Latino communities and poorer regions at much higher rates than more affluent and white ones.