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What We Still Don't Know About Who Is Dying From Coronavirus In LA

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The coronavirus pandemic is taking a disproportionate toll on communities of color around the country, with African Americans and Latinos dying at higher rates of COVID-19 than their white neighbors.

This is also true for L.A.'s black community and other communities of color. But so far, even as local Latinos outpace other groups in the sheer number of local COVID-19 deaths, county data suggests they are still underrepresented based on their large share of the county's population, raising questions about how well cases are being reported.

However, all of the L.A. County residents who have died so far are adults: There have been no confirmed local deaths so far of juveniles under 18 from COVID-19, according to a public health department spokesperson.

So we compared L.A. County's reported death rate for COVID-19 victims by race and ethnicity to each group's adult-only population in the county, wondering if disaggregating kids from the mix made a difference.

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