Story of Fighting COVID-19: Free testing for the homeless in LA
North America;the U.S.
Los Angeles County officials reported 18 more deaths from COVID-19 and 440 additional cases on Sunday, raising the countywide totals to 19,528 cases and 913 deaths. Freelancer Matteo Ghidoni filmed a difficult neighborhood like Skid Row in L.A. where over 5,000 homeless people were able to access a pop-up testing station providing free tests.
Matteo also interviewed the mayor of Los Angeles, Erick Garcetti. The mayor mentioned he worked closely with County Public Health and got advice on taking people off the streets and putting them in spaced shelters. Now they have over over 1,000 beds available.
"I am very proud of those numbers, nearly 300 over the last three days, and we are just going to keep doing that," said Garcetti. The mayor said they have tried to set up walk-up testing centers at places where there are dense encampments, like Skid Row.