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

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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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