L.A. County gives COVID shots at home. Advocates fear ‘people just don’t know about this’
A number of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies came down with a case of COVID-19 at home after receiving home testing kits from a county-run lab, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
The paper reported that the tests were ordered at the request of sheriff’s officials who said they had seen an increase in people with the virus around the department’s Westwood station.
While the tests were ordered by sheriff’s officials, they’re not mandatory and the public still has the option to get tested.
LA County has conducted over 300,000 coronavirus tests at a cost of $1.6 million, according to the local Bureau of Sanitation. Those tests were done in the jails, homeless facilities or in people’s homes.
Los Angeles County jails and homeless facilities have been the primary location for the release of those who tested positive for coronavirus, especially as the virus hit South Los Angeles. Some people have tested positive multiple times, despite being on the receiving end of multiple screenings.
The Times reported that a total of nine people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Los Angeles County jails.
As of Wednesday night, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved spending $14.7 billion in emergency aid for the county for response to the coronavirus pandemic, while the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Services said it was asking for another $9.2 billion in emergency assistance.
The Times also reported that a total of 25 people tested positive for coronavirus in a homeless facility in San Diego County.
Of the 25, three are homeless and 14 are in the San Diego County jail.
At least two cases in Los Angeles County have involved homeless people.
In the spring of 2020,