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Inglewood hazard for resurging COVID

10 LA County communities at greatest risk 

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REPORT, “Surge Centers: Top 10 Los Angeles County Neighborhoods at Greatest Risk as Covid Infections Rise,” finds that 70 percent of the most vulnerable neighborhoods are communities of color.

BERKELEY, Calif. (MNS) — A data science company using machine learning technology to support Covid-19 vaccine distribution efforts, released a new report, July 21, identifying Inglewood as one of the top 10 neighborhoods in Los Angeles County at greatest risk as infections rise and the highly contagious Delta variant spreads.

Cogitativo, a Berkeley-based data science company that released a report titled, “Surge Centers: The Top 10 LA County Neighborhoods at Greatest Risk as Covid Infections Rise,” also cited nine other cities in LA County at risk.

The report, provides a more complete and precise picture of community-level risk in the county as public health officials work to target resources to the most vulnerable amid the latest rise in cases.

Cogitativo, founded in 2015 with a mission to create and implement innovative, scalable solutions to the most complex challenges facing the healthcare system. does so by filling in a critical gap in the currently available public data: a lack of information about the number of high-risk individuals living in each zip code.

By combining anonymized health records from California health insurers with publicly available data about vaccination rates, Cogitativo was able to identify the communities that have a combination of lagging vaccination rates and large high-risk populations. This risk analysis can help city officials determine where exactly they should focus their vaccination efforts in the coming weeks. 

The top 5 county cities at greatest risk of increased hospitalizations are:

Inglewood.  Zip code 90305; 32 percent of population high-risk; 50 percent  unvaccinated.

Palmdale. Zip code 93591; 26 percent of population high-risk; 61 percent unvaccinated.

Malibu. Zip codes 90265, 90263; 29 percent of population high-risk; 53 percent unvaccinated.

Lancaster. Zip code 93534; 27 percent of population high-risk; 57 percent unvaccinated.

Los Angeles. Zip codes 90067, 90047, 90008, 90056, 90077, 90043; 31 percent population high-risk; 31 percent unvaccinated.

Another key finding of the report is that 70 percent of the top 10 LA County neighborhoods at greatest risk are majority-minority areas.

“This analysis can help Los Angeles County officials target vaccine outreach resources to the most vulnerable,” said Gary Velasquez, CEO of Cogitativo. “While the county has made big strides over the last few months, we must ensure that no one is left behind as more transmissible variants of the virus spread.” 

Metropolis News Service.

Governor signs Rent Relief Bill freezing evictions for low-income

SACRAMENTO (MNS)—Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation to extend the state’s eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, 2021 and clear rent debt for low-income Californians that have suffered economic hardship due to the COVID pandemic.

Under AB 832, which Newsom signed on June 28, California will significantly increase cash assistance to low-income tenants and small landlords under the state’s $5.2 billion rent relief program, making it the most comprehensive COVID rental protection and rent relief program of any state in the nation.

In an agreement forged between the governor, the Senate and the Assembly, AB 32 increases the value of the reimbursement the state’s emergency rental assistance program provides to now cover 100 percent of past-due and prospective rent payments, as well as utility bills for income-qualified tenants. AB 832 also allows tenants to access rental funds directly if their landlord chooses not to participate and ensures landlords can receive compensation even if their otherwise income-qualified tenants have already vacated a unit.

Gov. Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced an agreement on the legislation, which also ensures rental assistance dollars stay in California by prioritizing cities, and counties with unmet needs and makes temporary reforms to the judicial process to ensure tenants and landlords have attempted to obtain rental assistance.

Metropolis News Service.

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