LOS ANGELES (KABC) – This week, four new test sites are in operation in Los Angeles County, all of which are on the Board of Supervisors First District in and around East LA.
Supervisor Hilda Solis calls the COVID-19 epicenter of the LA County area.
"There are a total of 13 test sites in my district alone, and I don't think I have to explain why. Because we have the highest COVID rates in the first district," said Solis.
This week, test sites in the county opened in Montebello, South Gate, and Panorama City, and a test site for public-private partnerships opened in Boyle Heights on Thursday. This was made possible by a $ 100,000 donation from Hyundai.
Low-income areas in LA County with a large number of Hispanic and black people are different in terms of COVID-19 infections and deaths.
"The people who work here, many of them are important workers. Many of them have no choice but to go to work. Provide their families with what they can do. Many don't even have access to health care. Many don't even know I don't know exactly what test facilities are available, "said Solis.
Testing across the state has improved.
Last week, California ranked 12th out of 50 states plus Washington DC. Now it is 10th place.
To protect business owners from customers who refuse to wear a mask while shopping, LA City Council member Herb Wesson has submitted an application requiring the use of masks inside. The city's lawyer must determine the enforcement strategy.
"There is no report anywhere in the world that suggests that wearing a mask hurts," said Wesson. "So if it doesn't hurt and the majority of medical professionals say it helps, we should do it."
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