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COVID-19 Could Expose LA's Racial, Wealth Inequalities

Reyna, a Huntington Park resident, wears a mask bought at a local store on her way to a doctors appointment in Boyle Heights. Chava Sanchez/Laist
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The coronavirus testing data that Los Angeles County has been releasing daily doesn't include information about race or socioeconomic status. But it does tell us where people are being tested and which neighborhoods have the highest rates of transmission.

Up until very recently, cases were largely concentrated in wealthier neighborhoods.

That's changing, though, as the virus spreads, and health experts worry that lower-income neighborhoods and non-white communities will eventually bear the brunt of the pandemic.