Long Beach mayor discusses high rate of Latino COVID deaths in LA County

Long Beach, California, Mayor Robert Garcia says we need to stay hyper focused on cultural needs in order to prevent further loss of life in the Los Angeles County's Latino community.
5:16 | 02/04/21

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Los Angeles county has been leading the nation in the number of Kobe deaths for several weeks now just this week they surpassed more than 171000. Total Colin jets with Latinos. Karen had disproportionate burden of those deaths. And more than one point one million positive cases have been identified overall but thankfully the state is finally turning a corner as infection rates continue to drop. One out liar in all of this has been the city of Long Beach that is already distributed more than 30001. Doses to its residents. Joining us now to discuss the impact on Latinos a vaccine roll out and reopening schools. His Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia mayor thanks so much for joining us tonight. Oh what a start of course by extending our condolences we know you've lost both of your parents to cull vain. You are Latino yourself you're seeing alarming rates of death in this particular community more than a 1000%. Increase since November. How does this happen and what steps have you taken in your city to make sure that this tragic loss of Latino lives is diminished. I think the most important to recognize is that he saw these workers are you know big you know my. Eyes. I'm Phillies are sleeping focus on this seeing why would we get our our massive young he and DG news you. I would not only did these mass clinics and mobile NC a a communities. I'll tell us those Spanish sparkling pool boats we need urgent. More comfortable going this is happy to see voters why mobile actually how rigorous standards. Well we don't. Broad storm the cultural needs where. I'm your population increased huge tax issue we're seeing. It was our lives. Argued this round of Asian nations such orders orange. Should. And despite being part of Los Angeles county your city has its own. Health Department official do you think that that's been in having a successful vaccine rollout and has accounting reached out to you for help and guidance. I don't know if they aren't sure door and spirit all. That he unity rocky. Relations and landed short the city's sewers how this. But we do you into the back seat. Backs you see we didn't overly planning complex legal and really easily and respects he continued today are immediately and or Clinton we see them. So and we grass meter orders their engines now. Expire police receiver. Percy. Each car hitting we were. Jurors Jeter's just well. But also we're community college. Were farther along in age are also leads as it usually work. Now right now your city is about 5050 with half of first dose is given to minority groups in the other half to white residents most of them were over. 65 what are essential resource is have you provided for the Asian black Latino on Pacific islander communities to both combat misinformation and make sure that they have access to vaccines. So I Wii and involved. And grabs. Are these. Groups or were. Our. There are you. Or higher. Our water art. Is. Well you. He did little or I'm were short no bottom most. And the on line. Did not work toward Lauren. And evil. Oh is he really worms. All these years increases in the seat. And let's shift to schools from only you in the fourth largest district in California and you're still all virtual. What's the plan to start reopening schools like in your community and others and get them open safely. What the burglaries really important that we the nation's leaders and teachers. Say they want Richard tunes Childress eighty. There's your parents see as usual home so. Fascination absent either work or slow real reason and teachers is she. Beyond map. Question governor PER installations and it's not just about your real is. An error and not see she's. We have actually did see my teachers tutors and that's it put us ahead of the game when she moved. We don't see leading critic how we got here urged teachers. And and and we'll see sites. So we're working great now we are the villagers. It's all right sounds good mayor Garcia with thank you so much for coming all a show thank you for your time. You.

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