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Foreign-Born and Nursing Home Patients are Brunt of COVID Deaths in LA County

Counties and school districts in minimally-affected areas should not be subject to lockdown orders or business shutdowns

By Wayne Lusvardi, May 30, 2020 11:15 am

Many foreign-born persons, including children, have latent tuberculosis, which has similar symptoms with and increases susceptibility to coronavirus. 82 percent of the TB cases in LA County are from foreign born persons, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. 

Poverty and place of residence comprise the overwhelming majority of the coronavirus deaths in LA County according to Department of Public Health report “COVID-19: Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Data (see here – April 28, 2020). 

37.1 percent of deaths were Latino, 18.4 percent Asian and 13.8 percent Black, comprising 69.3 percent of all virus deaths.  75 percent of these deaths were concentrated in lower income areas populated by foreign-born persons.

Hispanics reflected 69.1 percent of all virus-related hospitalizations, Asians 6.1 percent and Black 5.6 percent, comprising 80.8 percent of all hospitalizations.

Very few children are reported to become infected by coronavirus. But many foreign-born persons, including children, have latent tuberculosis, which has similar symptoms with and increases susceptibility to coronavirus. 82 percent of the TB cases in LA County are from foreign born persons (LACDPH). 

Of the 2,195 virus deaths in Los Angeles County 1,127 virus-related deaths were people residing in nursing homes, or 51 percent of all county-wide virus deaths. 

Shift in Public Health Policy Needed

Given the above data, cities, counties and school districts in minimally-affected areas should not be subject to stay-at-home orders or non-essential business shutdowns.

The data would also suggest that the public health strategies should be focused on children and foreign-born adults in lower income areas with a high proportion of foreign-born persons in a family.  Children from families with foreign-born persons should be screened and tested for TB, as well as coronavirus, before re-entering public schools. 

Nursing home deaths should not count in determining which cities and counties can open up from virus restrictions – see here.  Coronavirus in LA County is a disease occurring in lower-income areas populated by the foreign-born and nursing homes. 

The corona-virus outbreak in California has been mainly concentrated in two counties – Los Angeles and Santa Clara. This suggests that counties like Orange County with 137 coronavirus deaths, reflecting 0.004 percent of the population, should not have been subject to overkill business shutdowns and martial law. 

LA City Neighborhoods and Suburbs with highest C-19 deaths  – LACDPH

Neighborhood

Deaths

Deaths per 100,000 pop.

Percent Foreign Born

Number Foreign Born

Most Common Foreign Birth Ethnicty

City of Los Angeles

Little Armenia

30

374

57%

12,622

Hispanic 59%

Pico Union

56

134

64%

27,346

Hispanic 70%

Country Club Park

18

118

50%

11,007

Hispanic 56%

East Hollywood

35

119

66%

49,200

Hispanic 41%

Westlake

71

115

68%

70,181

Hispanic 54%

East LA (county)

36

29

49%

61,239

Hispanic 95%

Panorama City

34

47

55%

36,194

Hispanic 65%

Sylmar

39

47

37%

25,492

Hispanic 80%

Canoga Park

25

38

43%

22,782

Hispanic 57%

Northridge

28

40

32%

18,298

Hispanic 34%

City of Los Angeles

1,070

26

37%

1,415,020

Hispanic 49%

LA County Suburbs

Burbank

39

36

33%

33,623

Hispanic 24%

Torrance

45

30

30%

38,626

Hispanic 17%

Inglewood

54

47

28%

30,174

Hispanic 50%

Lynwood

31

43

38%

26,417

Hispanic 87%

Glendale

77

37

53%

108,826

Armenian 40%

53,840

Pasadena

82

58

30%

42,308

Hispanic 35%

Long Beach

75

16

25%

115,657

Hispanic 42%

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