The coronavirus pandemic in the United States of America is infecting African Americans in a large number across much of the south, a region where black Americans are more likely to live in poverty and suffer from chronic disease, a Guardian analysis of several southern states confirmed.
Louisiana, a major US hotspot, was the first southern state to group Coronavirus deaths by race in the United States.
On Monday Governor John Bel Edwards announced that a shocking 70% of deaths were among African Americans, despite making up only 33% of the state’s population.
It should be noted that the virus has spread to nearly every parish in the state, but the worst of the outbreak has been focused on New Orleans, a majority-black city with one of the country’s highest metro poverty rates.
In Georgia, an incomplete data picture still shows African Americans – who make up 33% of the state’s population, compared with 60% for whites – are being hit disproportionately hard by the virus.
On April 15th 2020, Georgia’s department of public health began releasing the racial breakdown of confirmed coronavirus cases. Twenty per cent of the 9,901 identified coronavirus cases are black, compared with 15% who are white. But the rest – 64% – are of an “unknown race”.
Guidian News spokesman said the agency was working to retroactively collect the missing data on race.
However, Mississippi’s department of health hasn’t release any information on the analysis of racial Covid-19 impact.
Meanwhile, the he source has confirmed that an emailed statement a spokesperson said: “At this time, the African American community seems to be hit hard.”
In the state of Alabama, the same story is playing out.
Information released on Tuesday by the state’s department of public health prove that black Alabamians are being infected and not survive by the virus at a “disproportionate rate” Black and white patients made up an equal proportion of deaths, at about 44% each. But, of the over 2,000 infections confirmed in the state by 6 April, the reverse is the case as only 37% were black, while 50% were white.
According to the current Alabama’s population census data, about 27% black and 69% white,
On the other hand, South Carolina is getting the same result, “36% of Covid-19 cases are African American, compared with 56% white. Those numbers appear to be based on about 1,000 cases, less than half of the state’s current coronavirus match of 2,417. The department of health did not respond to requests for updated data or a racial breakdown of coronavirus deaths.
Tennessee health department disclosed its plans to release data on race and Covid-19 this week.