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"If everybody in this community were vaccinated, we would have one person in the ICU. One," Marian Regional pulmonologist Zacharia Reagle said.
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As COVID-19 spread through Santa Maria in early 2020, basic information about preventive measures failed to reach much of the population.
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Crowded homes creating the perfect environment for COVID-19 cases to spread like wildfire in Santa Maria, an epicenter for the virus in Santa Barbara County.
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Communication and cultural barriers speed spread of the virus in one Central California community.
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For Latino residents living in multigenerational households, many of whom couldn't work from home, the situation spelled a potential death sentence.


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