‘You know about the coronavirus?’ Homeless outreach workers have a new reason to worry

HOPICS outreach nurse Kenya Smith, right, Ralph Gomez, center, and Kat Johnson, left, leave a bag of food for Davis Soto, taking care to stay at least six feet away from him. The coronavirus pandemic has led to a list of new precautions that outreach workers must follow.
Katrina Johnson, left, Ralph Gomez and Kenya Smith leave a bag of food for Davis Soto, taking care to stay at least six feet away from him. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a list of new precautions that outreach workers must follow.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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Thomas Curwen is staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, specializing in long-form narratives.
Benjamin Oreskes is a general assignment reporter in the Los Angeles Times’ California section.