Controller Galperin’s New COVID-19 Dashboard Maps Vaccine Equity Across L.A. County; Tracks Virus Hot Spots by Neighborhood

LOS ANGELES — L.A. Controller Ron Galperin today unveiled a new COVID-19 dashboard that maps and tracks vaccinations throughout L.A. County, including neighborhood counts of vaccines distributed by age, race and gender. Building on his initial dashboard released in May 2020 as part of the comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Hub, Galperin’s dashboard now includes virus case and death rates by city and neighborhood, and keeps an updated tally of the top 10 communities with the highest number of cases over the last 14 days. Users can navigate the data, which is fully interactive with the maps, or search by address to find vaccination rates, along with cases and deaths by community.

“We are at a critical moment in our fight against COVID-19 countywide,” said Controller Galperin. “Getting our most vulnerable and impacted communities vaccinated as quickly as possible must be our top priority to ensure equity and keep new cases and deaths as low as possible. This dashboard can help communities better understand whether the vaccine is getting out to neighborhoods hardest hit by the virus and identify infection hot spots. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s clear that people of color in economically disadvantaged communities who have borne the brunt of the pandemic need greater access to the vaccine.”

A look at the dashboard’s data reveals that wealthier and less diverse Westside neighborhoods are getting vaccinated at a higher rate than more historically disadvantaged communities in Central and South Los Angeles.

L.A. City neighborhoods with the highest % of vaccinated residents:

  • Cheviot Hills: 56.2% vaccinated
  • Rancho Park: 52.2% vaccinated
  • Mandeville Canyon: 52% vaccinated

City communities with the lowest % of vaccinated residents:

  • Vermont Vista: 15.8% vaccinated
  • Watts: 16.8% vaccinated
  • Vernon Central: 17.5% vaccinated

Latinx and African Americans underrepresented countywide

The same trends in the City of Los Angeles are reflected across the County. Although Latinx residents make up 49% of the County’s population and African Americans make up nearly 8%, both groups are underrepresented in vaccinations. Of all County residents who have received at least one dose so far, only 28% are Latinx and 5.5% are African American, while 31% are white. White residents make up 26% of the County’s population.

L.A. County COVID-19 hot spots 

COVID-19 infections remain a concern, with these communities showing the highest number of infections over the past two weeks.

  • Santa Clarita: 216 new cases
  • Glendale: 125 new cases
  • Palmdale: 121 new cases
  • Lancaster: 115 new cases
  • North Hollywood: 109 new cases

The updated COVID-19 dashboard is the only tool at the City of Los Angeles that maps the distribution of vaccines, along with virus case and death rates, and current hot spots of infection. Data on the dashboard is gathered from the L.A. County Department of Public Health and updated daily. Vaccine dose data is updated weekly; demographic data is updated bi-weekly and current as of 3.22.21.

View the COVID-19 dashboard at lacontroller.org/covid19resourcehub.

About Galperin’s COVID-19 Resource Hub

In addition to the dashboard, Galperin’s COVID-19 Resource Hub features hundreds of resources organized into 17 categories, including vaccines and testing, along with information for employees and job seekers, freelancers, renters, small business owners and immigrants.

Follow L.A. Controller Ron Galperin at @LAController on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

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