This Week in Fresnoland: Is density really to blame for coronavirus?

May 01, 2020

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“Density takes many forms. One interesting finding that has started to come out of early research is that rather than density of homes being the problem, the real issue is overcrowding, or several people living under one roof…

Overcrowding is especially pronounced in rural, predominantly farmworker communities like Huron, Orange Cove, Mendota, San Joaquin and Firebaugh. In Huron, nearly a third of all renters live in overcrowded conditions. In March, the New York Times reported on a woman who rents out space in her home to farmworkers traveling through town — up to 20 people can be found in a 1,100-square-foot space.”

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