[Ed. – Counterintuitively, the first counties tackling this are starting by increasing testing among minority populations – which will, of course, increase the number of known cases. So far public authorities haven’t been smart enough to routinely make the distinction between cases, on the one hand, and fatalities and hospitalizations on the other. Our authorities keep making very stupid decisions in that regard. So there’s no reason to assume they’ll do better in this case. At any rate, it looks like the real objective is to further delay reopening. For which overtesting the “disadvantaged” population is diabolically perfect, in terms of fanning the political flames.]
California will begin to require counties to bring down coronavirus infection rates in disadvantaged communities that have been harder hit by the pandemic, a move that could slow the methodical reopening of the nation’s most populous state.
The complex new rules set in place an “equity metric” that will force larger counties to control the spread of COVID-19 in areas where Black, Latino and Pacific Islander groups have suffered a disproportionate share of the cases because of a variety of socioeconomic factors.
“We can’t allow transmission rates to be so disproportionately impacting those communities without significant effort to really reduce that disparity and reduce the burden on those communities,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s health secretary, said Thursday.