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No Group in LA Harder-Hit By Coronavirus Than Pacific Islanders

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Pacific Islanders have been on the periphery of the coronavirus conversation. But new data from the state and Los Angeles County show that Pacific Islanders are dying at a rate higher than every other group in L.A.

Cultural, socioeconomic and health factors are at play, say community leaders who are mobilizing to help the sick and stop the spread.

The pandemic is taking taken a huge toll on a community that is close-knit and communal.

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"We are very, very connected," said Thompson, head pastor at Dominguez Samoan Congregational Christian Church. "I can trace the connections even to where their villages are back home."


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