Dear District 9 Neighbor,
Less than one percent of people who live in the District have gotten tested for COVID-19. Meanwhile, last week the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health identified 1,715 positive cases of COVID-19 and 51 deaths in my District, which has a population of more than 270,000. As of May 17, approximately 2,108 District 9 residents had been tested for the coronavirus.
I got tested for COVID-19 at Kedren Community Health Center, and I am now encouraging you to do the same. It's fast, easy and free. I cannot stress enough how important it is for Black and Latino communities to get tested.
Testing is available at dozens of locations all over LA County. In District 9 there are three locations to date and they include:
3. On May 4, a “drive-thru” testing site for symptomatic, high-risk individuals and “essential” workers was set up at Expo Park in collaboration with Verily’s Project Baseline. To make an appointment through the Baseline COVID-19 Program, visit www.projectbaseline.com/covid-19/.
"Our neighbors need to know that COVID-19 is impacting black and brown communities at higher rates than others," added Councilmember Price. "Chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes are in direct proportion with the long standing social and racial inequalities experienced in underserved communities. And these chronic conditions have been a fertile breeding ground for the coronavirus."
To read my op-ed featured in the LA Sentinel about the importance of getting tested for COVID-19, click here.