Farm workers provide a good example of how age, citizenship, essential jobs, and COVID-19 intersect to deadly effect.
In this report, we provide a demographic profile to give context showing that the largest number of Latino non-citizens in California are concentrated in the age groups 35-49 and 50-64.
In this report, we take a closer look at the progression of COVID-19--associated deaths in the Latino ethnic group, in young adults, early middle aged, and late middle aged, between May 11 and August 11, 2020.
COVID-19--associated deaths are burning their way through the entire Latino working-age population.
As of July 8, 2020, a total of 6,519 people in California had died due to COVID-19 associated conditions. These deaths did not occur randomly in the state’s population.
Extended exposure to coronavirus, less access to health insurance and doctor’s visits, and less access to care result in more comorbidities.
Shortly after the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in California, in late February and early March, the state aggressively took protective measures to flatten the curve of coronavirus spread, by discouraging the emergence of large, closely packed crowds.
But there was a blind spot in the state’s aggressive measures. While some essential workers, such as physicians and nurses, were provided with N-95 masks and personal protective equipment (PPE), other essential workers were overlooked.
Every case of COVID-19 is the result of someone having been exposed to the coronavirus.
Different patterns of coronavirus exposure in California’s major racial/ethnic (R/E) groups can be seen in different patterns of actual COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population.
The coronavirus does not discriminate. Like the falling rain, it descends upon everyone, young or old, rich or poor. But there are patterns of who stays dry and who gets drenched during this pandemic.
Age-specific death rates in California’s diverse population provide an emerging pattern of how social umbrellas are distributed by race/ethnic group.
A governor’s decision to implement, continue, or relax pandemic protection measures needs to take into account that state or territory’s COVID-19 case rate.
This report ranks the COVID-19 case rates for all U.S. states and territories to provide a starting point for making decisions about such measures.