Addressing inequalities: Reasons why Brentwood was hit hard by COVID-19

Marcos Maldonado was born and raised in Brentwood. He says one of the reasons behind the high number of cases is due to the number of frontline workers who live there.

News 12 Staff

Mar 6, 2021, 11:25 PM

Updated 1,230 days ago

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Brentwood became the first Long Island community to see more than 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to county data.
Marcos Maldonado was born and raised in Brentwood. He says one of the reasons behind the high number of cases is due to the number of frontline workers who live there.
“So many of our residents and family members are essential workers,” he told News 12.
Others told News 12 that the community is made up of single-family homes with generations of families living under the same roof.
“Those types of conditions are not conducive to social distancing and the guidelines created for the COVID pandemic,” says Marc Soto, the executive director of Pronto Long Island.
The nonprofit provides food and clothing to the needy. Soto says vaccine inequities need to be addressed in the community.


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