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UPDATED: The state’s coronavirus case count remains at 620, after the Department of Health removed two duplicate cases on Maui and in Honolulu.
The LAist reported Pacific Islanders’ coronavirus death rate is 12 times higher than the rate for white Los Angeles residents.
The state health director said Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders have the highest rate of COVID-19 in the state, but that’s not apparent from data posted on the state’s website.
More than 60 nonprofits want the state to expand its safety net to help immigrants and other marginalized groups.
Those who don’t speak English, don’t have computers or lack bank accounts hit barriers using the swamped system.
Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Ed Case introduced a resolution to study the idea.
A Los Angeles Times analysis found Pacific Islanders, including Native Hawaiians, are disproportionately dying in relation to their population in California.
The U.S. has also named negotiators for the treaties with three Pacific nations that officials say are critical to American national security interests.