These Los Angeles neighborhoods are reporting the most COVID cases

by: Alix Martichoux, Nexstar Media Wire

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Los Angeles County. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that cases and hospitalizations have been trending up since the start of the summer.

Los Angeles County tracks COVID-19 case rates over time and by community. The Public Health Department map shows the neighborhoods with the highest case rates as follows:

  • The Saugus district of Santa Clarita
  • City of Vernon
  • Unincorporated area adjoining Whittier Narrows south of El Monte
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According to the latest data, only the four designated communities on the county map are in the second highest category for COVID case rates. However, there are dozens of neighborhoods in the next highest category. This includes large swaths of LA County, particularly areas around Lancaster and Palmdale; the Valley, including North Hollywood, Van Nuys and Northridge; most of South and East Los Angeles; and parts of eastern Los Angeles County including Pomona and Covina.

Data on the county map reflects a 14-day moving average, which can help even out fluctuations in daily reports. The case rate is per 100,000 population, which makes it easier to compare the prevalence of the virus between highly populated areas and less dense areas.

Cases are reported with a lag and only reflect reports through July 1. The data also does not include the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena.

Besides these limitations, there is another challenge to understanding the full extent of the spread of the coronavirus in Los Angeles County: it is unknown how many people may test positive at home.

If you take a COVID-19 test at a testing site, those results are reported to the Department of Public Health. However, if you do a rapid home test, those results aren’t tracked anywhere unless you take the extra steps to report it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people who test positive at home report the case to their health care provider, who can forward this information to the appropriate databases. Your doctor may also recommend treatments based on your symptoms.

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