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

Inspired by the Harper's Index. Published on July 13, 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.

  • Number of coronavirus cases per 10,000 White, Black, and Latino people in the US, according to a New York Times analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): 23, 62, 73.
  • Of the 1.45 million cases reported to the CDC through the end of May, the percentage of cases for which the race, ethnicity and home county of the patient was known: 44.
  • Among 249 counties in The Times analysis with at least 5,000 Black residents, the number in which the Black COVID-19 infection rate exceeds the white rate: 235.  
  • Among 206 counties with at least 5,000 Latino residents, the number in which the Latino infection rate exceeds the white rate: 178
  • Number of Pacific Islanders per 1,000 Arkansas residents: 3.
  • Number of Pacific Islanders per 1,000 Arkansas residents who have tested positive for COVID-19: 80.
  • Factor by which the share of federal prisoners testing positive for COVID-19 exceeds the share of all US residents who have tested positive: Almost 5.
  • Ratio of the rate of COVID-related hospitalization for American Indians or Alaska Natives to the hospitalization rate for white Americans: More than 5:1.
  • Of the Hispanic/Latino hospitalization rate to the white rate: More than 4:1.
  • Of the Black hospitalization rate to the white rate: 4:1.
  • Percentage of white parents in Palm Beach, FL who expect to send their children back to school this fall if classes resume with social distancing measures: 66.
  • Percentage of Black and Hispanic parents who say this: 39, 45.
  • Percentage of white Americans who believe the federal government’s priority should be to restart the economy, even if it increases the risk to public health: 38.
  • Of Black Americans who believe this: 17.
  • COVID testing centers per 100,000 people in areas that are at least 75 percent white: 7.
  • In areas that are least 75 percent people of color: 4.
  • Factor by which a Black person in a rural area is more likely than the average resident of a rural area to live in a COVID “testing desert” where deaths are rising: Almost 3.
  • Percentage of Black, Latino, and white Americans who have concerns about COVID exposure at work: 80, 62, 59.
  • Percentage of Black, Latino, and white Americans who would speak up about COVID concerns if they were not afraid of retaliation from their employers: 21, 10, 7.
  • Estimated percentage of Black, Hispanic and Asian American workforce that is officially unemployed or otherwise out of work as a result of the virus (May 2020): 24, 25, 25.
  • Of the white workforce that is: 16.
  • Percentage of Black, Hispanic and Asian American women who are out of work and say they have “zero chance” of getting called back to a prior job: 10, 12, 10.
  • Of similarly situated white women who say this: 6
  • Share of American renters who are at risk of eviction by the end of September: 1 in 5.
  • Portion of Black and Latino renters who say they likely will not be able to pay their next month's rent, as of June 9th: 2 in 5.
  • Of white renters who say that: 1 in 5.
  • Amount by which the combined wealth of the 643 U.S. billionaires has increased since the pandemic: $584 billion.
  • Percentage of Asian Americans who have experienced slurs or jokes about their ethnicity during the COVID pandemic: 31.
  • Percentage of Black Americans and Hispanic Americans who have experienced this: 21, 15.
  • Percentage of Black, Asian American, and Hispanic adults who worry a great deal or a fair amount that other people might be suspicious of them if they wear a mask or face covering when in stores or other businesses: 42, 36, 23.
  • Percentage of white adults who say they worry: 5.

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