Why Do L.A.’s Coronavirus Cases Keep Rising?

A number of states and regions across the country, including hot zones like New York and New Jersey, are seeing a decline in their coronavirus cases. Not so for Southern California. The SoCal area—and Los Angeles in particular—is experiencing a stubborn rise in cases and deaths, leaving experts puzzled.

On Friday, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said she has asked the CDC to examine the region’s persistent spread.

Los Angeles County accounts for nearly half of all COVID-19 deaths in the state. As of Tuesday, the county had 47,822 confirmed cases and 2,143 fatalities. Los Angeles also saw its highest number of new daily cases Tuesday, with 1,843 new cases and 27 deaths in a 24-hour period.

There are several theories about the county’s stubborn numbers. Neighborhood density, poverty, and homelessness are some potential factors. It’s also possible the county simply implemented its stay-at-home orders too late.

Read more about Los Angeles County’s persistent coronavirus spread here.