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State and County Record Wide Disparity In Coronavirus Cases In LA Child Care

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Depending on which agency you ask, there have either been 52 or 302 coronavirus cases related to child care centers and homes in Los Angeles County.

The larger number is from the California Department of Social Services, which licenses child care statewide and is collecting reports of cases in staff, parents and children.

The smaller number is from the L.A. County Department of Public Health, which is also counting on providers to report cases to them.

Either way, it appears the reported cases affect a small fraction of the 7,247 licensed child cares open in the county. But the discrepancy is a source of concern for researchers trying to get some clarity on how and where the virus is spreading in local communities.

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The L.A. County Department of Public Health has also investigated one coronavirus outbreak at a child care center where five teachers tested positive for COVID-19.

Proyecto Pastoral executive director Cynthia Sanchez said staff followed the safety guidelines laid out by state and local agencies.

“What has become really obvious to us is that we are responsible and accountable for having the kind of standards that may exceed the standards of the Department of Public Health,” Sanchez said.

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