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COVID-19: In Color, By the Numbers (August 2020 Edition)

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Inspired by the Harper's Index. Published on August 4, 2020. For more insight and resources at the intersection of COVID and race, check out these EmbraceRace curated lists: COVID resources that take race seriously and The racial impacts of COVID.

  • Percentage of the CDC's COVID testing data that included race/ethnicity information as of July 28th: 48.
  • Date by which U.S. laboratories reporting COVID testing data to the Department of Health and Human Services must include patient race and ethnicity: August 1st.
  • Date on which the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the US was reported to the CDC: January 20th.
  • Share of all deaths attributable to COVID-19 among both Hispanic Americans and Native Americans between March 8th and July 4th: 1 in 5.
  • Percentage of New Mexico’s population that is Native American: 9.
  • Of people in New Mexico who have died from COVID who are Native American: 75.
  • Percentage by which the amount of “sooty pollution” in the air Black Americans breathe exceeds that in the air the general population breathes: 50.
  • By which residence in an area of high particulate pollution increases the risk of death from COVID-19: 15.
  • Number of community testing sites in the majority-White University Park neighborhood of Dallas (pop. 25,000): 5.
  • Number of community testing sites in majority-Black Lancaster, TX (pop. 39,000): 1.
  • Of the 100 largest COVID clusters in the US, the number in correctional facilities: 87.
  • Number of confirmed COVID cases among detainees at US immigrant detention facilities, as of July 29th: 944.
  • Percentage of children with the pediatric post-COVID syndrome MIS-C who are Black or Hispanic/Latino, as of July 15th: 71.
  • Percentage who are White: 15.
  • Percentage whose race/ethnicity is unknown: 9.
  • Portion of Asian Americans who have witnessed someone blaming Asians for the pandemic: 3 in 5.
  • Share of Black and White Americans who feel that worry or stress related to coronavirus has had a negative impact on their mental health: 7 in 10, 5 in 10.
  • Percentage of Black and Hispanic Americans who fear they will be unable to pay August rent, as of July 14th: 45.
  • Of White Americans with the same fear: 23.
  • Percentage of Black, White, Latinx, and Asian American women who have less than $200 in savings, according to a recent national survey: 55, 37, 60, 31.
  • Odds that a parent of color says schools should remain closed until the risk of COVID-19 transmission is as low as possible: 3 in 4.
  • Odds that a White parent says this: 1 in 2.
  • Percentage of parents of color who worry their children will not have enough to eat if schools do not reopen in the fall: 44.
  • Of White parents with the same worry: 9.
  • Odds that a parent of color worries that their child will not have access to the technology needed for online learning if schools do not reopen in-person: 1 in 2.
  • Odds that a White parent shares that concern: 1 in 6.
  • Per-student spending in Salisbury, Connecticut, where 83 percent of students are white: $22,909.
  • Per-student spending in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where 87 percent are students of color: $14,041.
  • Percentage of white Americans who plan to get vaccinated against coronavirus when the time comes: 56.
  • Of Black and Hispanic Americans who do: 25, 37.