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Density, poverty keep Los Angeles struggling against virus

While most of California took another step forward to partly reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend, Los Angeles County didn’t join the party. The nation’s most populous county is not looking to reopen more widely until the next summer holiday, July 4th. That’s because the number of coronavirus cases has grown at a pace that leaves it unable to meet even the new, relaxed state standards for allowing additional businesses and recreational activities. The main reasons are a large nursing home population that has accounted for a disproportionate number of cases and deaths, and dense neighborhoods of poor people more at risk of exposure. 

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