Los Angeles City Council President Emeritus, Herb J. Wesson Jr. called on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to release data on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting communities of color.
In a letter sent to board chair Supervisor Kathryn Barger today, Wesson acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting many compelling challenges including transparency in the reporting of data as to how this pandemic is impacting communities and racial groups in Los Angeles County.
“This data is critical to the effective deployment of needed resources, and the shaping of public education and communications, particularly in communities of color. It is also vital for the purpose of accountability,” said Wesson. “More specifically, I am requesting data including, but not limited to, a break-down by race-related to rates of death, the number of tests, the results of those tests, the number of those in quarantine, and data on individuals who have tested positive and have recovered.”
Wesson is requesting that information on race be included with the Public Health Department’s daily updates.