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"Coronavirus Hits Southern California Harder Than Northern Counties"

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Ninez Ponce, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, on the impact of the pandemic on African-American and Latino populations in California. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

In California, the coronavirus pandemic has become a tale of two cities.

The San Francisco Bay Area, along with Sacramento, has about 10 million people of the state’s 40 million residents, but only 16% of its Covid-19 cases and 14% of deaths related to the disease.

Meanwhile, in the Southern California region dominated by Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to the north and San Diego to the south, 22 million residents are coping with about three-quarters of the state’s coronavirus infections and deaths.