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COVID-19 Testing Exposes Race And Class Divisions In San Francisco’s Mission District

Mike Kai Chen
Members of the Latino Task Force for COVID-19 and personnel from UCSF at Garfield Square, April 25.

In April, nearly 4,000 Mission District residents volunteered to get tested for COVID-19 and its antibodies. Unidos en Salud released the results of that testing on Monday, which raise difficult questions about racial and class disparities in San Francisco.

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Correction: A previous version of this story stated that 84 percent of San Francisco's hospitalized COVID-19 cases are Latinx. In fact, 84 percent of those seeking treatment at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center are Latinx. We regret the error.

Teresa Cotsirilos is a reporter at KALW, where she covers labor rights and public health in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. A recipient of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship and the Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, she is currently investigating California wildfire cleanups and their impact on immigrant workers’ health and safety.
Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.