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Virus rates among LA homeless less than overall population

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Posted at 4:26 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 07:26:03-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) - People experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County are testing positive for the coronavirus at rates far lower than the population at large.

The positive rate among LA County's homeless is less than 2%.

A top health official says fears about rapid spread among those who live in shelters and on the streets did not come true.

A leading homeless advocate believes the low rates are because a majority of the county's homeless live outside.

Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will spend $600 million to convert hotels and apartment buildings into permanent supportive housing for homeless residents.