LA expands homeless encampment cleanups as pandemic continues

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Sanitation workers after clearing a homeless encampment in Wilmington last week. Photo by Anna Scott.

As the coronavirus pandemic tears through Los Angeles, city officials continue intensive cleanings of homeless encampments. Last week they expanded the sweeps to three new locations in San Pedro and Wilmington. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends allowing people experiencing homelessness to shelter in place, but city officials say they must balance a variety of public health concerns.