According the Pima County Health Department’s data dashboard, many zip codes with lower median incomes are in the red. Dr. Rajiv Modak, at El Rio Health, serves many in these hot-zone, under insured, communities.
“We have seen an increase in our volumes of COVID patients, especially in the last two weeks,” said Dr. Modak. “We have a lot more patients walking in to be tested.”
The zip codes 85706, which has more than 3,400 COVID-19 cases, and 85756, which has more than 3,100 COVID-19 cases, have median household incomes of about $50,000 and less. These areas now see about the same levels of cases the zip code carrying the University of Arizona has. Different from the university though, many people don’t live, work and play in the same area, and many live in multi-generational homes.