How Coronavirus is Heavily Impacting The Latino Population in California
California remains one of the hardest states by the coronavirus with more than 466K cases and more than 8K deaths, and people of color have been disproportionately affected.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Imperial County has the highest mortality rate and most cases in the state with an average of 688.1 infections per 100K people (Los Angeles County is at 400.3). With a population that’s 85% Latinx, has a median household of $45K, and the highest unemployment rate in the state, according to the Employment Development Department, the pandemic has affected both the health and economy of more than 180,000 residents in the county. Imperial county also has the highest rates of diabetes, heart disease, asthma hospitalizations and obesity in the state, the LA Times reports. It’s just one example of how the Latinx community has been affected.
Further north in San Francisco, Latinos account for half of the COVID-19 cases in the city but make up only 15% of the population, NPR reports. The racial disparity is largest in Marin County where Latinx make up 16% of the population but account for almost 80% of the county’s coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, the economic disparity is most apparent about 20 miles south of Marin County in a neighborhood in San Rafael called Canal. The low-income, mainly Latinx community is made up of mostly essential workers who are at a greater risk of exposure.