South Bend Neighborhood-Level COVID-19 Risk Factors. South Bend has large geographic areas with populations that are highly at risk. This includes socioeconomic and health-related risk factors, particularly diabetes. These areas are concentrated to the west and south of the city, including the Near Northwest, Kennedy Park, LaSalle Park, Monroe Park, Oliver Gateway, Southeast, Rum Village and Far Westside. Areas scoring average or below average on the socioeconomic-related risk index compared to other major cities in the state are east of the St. Joseph River or Portage Avenue.