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

In the past few weeks, many of us have turned our attention away from COVID to the murder of George Floyd and the global protests that followed, for good reason. But during those same weeks, COVID hasn't gone away. In fact cases have increased in 23 states, we're nearing 120,000 official COVID-19 deaths and the pandemic continues to have a disparate impact on Black and Indigenous communities and communities of color. Please: take a moment to read through the numbers. Share them with friends, family, colleagues. Use them as starting points for discussion. And consider, as we do often these days, how we can, individually and collectively, change the way such stories unfold in the crises to come.

Inspired by the Harper's Index. Published on June 22, 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 states that report at least some race data on adult COVID-19 cases, deaths, and testing as of June 20th: 47, 43, 4.
  • Number of states that report at least some race data on children with COVID-19 as of June 18th: 2.
  • Percentage of New York State residents who are Black: 14.
  • Percentage of New York State children with COVID-related Childhood Inflammatory Disease who are Black as of June 20th: 31.
  • Percentage of White, Hispanic, and non-citizen children in the U.S. who are uninsured (2018): 4, 9, 16 
  • Portion of all hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the US who are Black: 1 in 3.
  • Portion of U.S. population that is Black: 1 in 8.
  • Share of US COVID deaths linked to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities: 2 in 5.
  • Odds that a nursing home with many Black and Latino residents will be touched by COVID compared to one with a predominantly White population: 2:1.
  • Percentages of Black and Hispanic adults who "very closely" follow news about the health impact of COVID on "people like me": 55 and 43.
  • Percentage of White adults who do: 36.
  • Rank of New York State’s COVID infection rate among all states: #1.
  • Factor by which the infection rate in Navajo Nation exceeds that in New York State: almost 2.
  • Percentage of Navajo Nation residents who live below the poverty line: 44.
  • Percentages by which the jobs held by Black, Hispanic and Asian American women have declined during the COVID downturn: -17, -21, and -19
  • Percentage by which the jobs held by White women has declined: -13.
  • Percentage by which the jobs held by Black, Hispanic and Asian American men have declined: -13, -15, and -17.
  • Percentage by which the jobs held by White men has declined: -9.
  • Percentages of Black and Hispanic workers who have worked outside their homes “even though you thought it might be seriously risking your health or a family member’s health?”: 73 and 64.
  • Percentage of White workers who have: 49.
  • Number of active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in the US as of March 31: 643,000
  • Portion of DACA recipients who are essential workers: almost 1 in 3.
  • Number of public health workers who signed an open letter calling the protests “vital to the national public health and to the threatened health specifically of Black people in the United States": 1,300
  • Number of incarcerated people in Texas with COVID as of May 26th: 2,500
  • As of June 7th: 6,900
  • Number of incarcerated people at Cummins Unit, an Arkansas penitentiary, who have tested positive for and died from COVID, as of June 15th: 956 and 11
  • Number of incarcerated people at Cummins with access to hand sanitizer: 0.
  • Distance between beds at Cummins, in feet: <3
  • Share of Black Americans who have feared for their lives because of their race/ethnicity: 1 in 2.
  • Share of Hispanics who have: 1 in 4.
  • Share of Whites who have: 1 in 6.

More COVID-19: In Color, By the Numbers

May 2020 Edition

April 2020 Edition


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