For Black Angelenos, COVID cases and hospitalizations are spiking as Delta variant spreads

Lower vaccination rates and the spreading Delta variant are fueling a spike in COVID-19 infections among Black Angelenos. Photo by Shutterstock.

The Delta variant is the most common strain across California now, and in LA County, the coronavirus infection rate for African Americans has jumped nearly 20% over a recent two-week period. Hospitalizations have also risen.  

“This is a group who sometimes waives the risks and benefits a little differently. Maybe they think that they're not going to be infected, maybe that COVID is not a big deal. And that's why they're not prioritizing vaccinations. And that's where we really have to get the message out from trusted messengers, and particularly to our young adults,” says Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, chair of UC San Francisco’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.