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L.A. County Relies on Strong Hold of Community Assistance to Respond to COVID-Related Disparities; $75,000 Grants Available to Non-Profit Organizations
By Betti Halsell Contributing Writer
Published September 21, 2020

Monday, September 21st Los Angeles County received updated news surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. The latest numbers reflect a steady Plateau of community transmission, there hasn’t been any spikes like the one seen in July. The los Angeles County Health Department determined the steady outcome is due to the collaborative effort that each Angeleno is making to accommodate physical distancing guidelines. the County’s effort to stick together created a pillar for every Angeleno to lean on.

In the heat of a global pandemic and social awakening, the focus has been split to another critical point that L.A. is addressing immediately. First response teams are working around the clock to put out the Bob Cat fire. Its been a strenuous battle over the last several days as the winds shifted the flames and created more spread into Antelope Valley. The American Red Cross is working closely with emergency personnel, providing resources and support. They have provided food, water, and a safe place for family and pets.

Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director, Public Health (screen shot)

Non-profits has played a critical role in serving the community through the turbulence of the season. That is why the County has opened up the next round COVID-19 Relief fund to 501-3C foundations. The application opened on Monday and lasted through Friday. There is an opportunity for hundreds of grants at $75,000 to go out to eligible non-profit organizations.

Los Angeles Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer provided new measurements of coronavirus in the county. he reports shown on Monday reflected 16 additional deaths, eight of these individuals were over the age of 80, all of them had underlining health conditions. Four people who died were between the ages of 65-79, two victims had preexisting health concerns. two individuals were between the ages of 50-64, and none of them had underlining health problems. Two people passed away between the ages 30-49 and one person had preexisting health concerns This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in L.A. County to 6,366.

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There were 652 new COVID-19 reports. In summary, there is a total amount of 261,446 coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles region. 11,503 incidents were reported in the city of Long Beach and 2,522 cases in the city of Pasadena.

The relationship between COVID-19 infection and ethnicity were provided. The racial background collected from 5,989 fatal cases showed 10% were African American, 15% were Asian, slightly less than 1% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 51% were LatinX, 23% were White, and 1% identified as a different race or ethnicity. 92% of those who died due to COVID-19 had preexisting health concerns.

Los Angeles continues to see a level of stabilization within the measurements of the community spread. Although that is a step in the right direction, the county still holds a sense of caution over the community. Public officials encourage all Angelenos to try to stay inside as much as possible and there is a need to go outside one must follow physical distancing procedures. The community continues to rally around one another either through nonprofit organizations or individual volunteering. The one way to waiver this storm, is together as one sound body.

 

 

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