The Orange County Health Care Agency reported another 560 new cases of the coronavirus as of Monday, July 20. The cumulative total number of positive cases for Orange County has reached 29,986 since local testing began in March. It appears Orange County has nudged past Riverside County for having the second most total number of […]READ MORE
The Orange County Health Care Agency reported there were 1,028 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed as of Monday, July 6. The cumulative case total reached 17,882 since testing began in March. (You can see the increase in case totals by city since June 6 in the map below.) There were no new deaths recorded […]READ MORE
The Orange County Health Care Agency reported on Sunday, June 28 another 146 confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the case total in Orange County to 12,608. There were three new deaths in Sunday’s report, with the total at 326. Of those deaths, 170 were listed as people in skilled nursing facilities, and three were listed […]READ MORE
Update: The county explained why the testing totals on its new dashboard were lower on Friday than in Thursdays report. The new dashboard is only reporting the total number of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests (diagnostic tests) that have been conducted to date. Prior to Friday, cumulative tests included serology (antibody) tests performed. To be […]READ MORE
California has 177,236 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of June 21, according to totals reported by county public health department websites. Los Angeles County accounts for nearly half the states cases (83,397) and more than half the deaths (3,120). Five other states have more than 100,000 cases: Illinois (136,104), Massachusetts (106,936) New Jersey (168,834), […]READ MORE
The Orange County Health Care Agency reported another 304 cases attributed to the coronavirus as of Sunday, June 14, bringing the total number of cases to 8,573. Four new deaths also were reported. Of the 221 reported deaths since the start of tracking the virus in the county, 102 have been among skilled nursing facility […]READ MORE
The Orange County Health Care Agency reported another two deaths attributed to the coronavirus as of Saturday, June 6. The county has had 56 deaths in the past 14 days, according to a state health department database. Of the 176 reported deaths since the start of tracking the virus in the county, 85 were among […]READ MORE
The Orange County Health Care Agency reported another 181 people have tested positive for the virus as of Saturday, May 30. The total cases reported in the county since the start of testing in March is 6,100. The average number of new cases for the past seven days is 142. Of the 6,100 confirmed cases, […]READ MORE
Orange County’s Health Care Agency this week started releasing estimates of how many people have recovered from COVID-19 and, because they’ve been tracking deaths caused by the disease, the statistical flip side was unsurprising. By Friday, May 29, the agency estimated that 2,358 people have recovered from COVID-19 out of more than 5,900 cumulative cases traced […]READ MORE
By Nick Gerda | 4 hours ago As Orange County begins to re-open more of its economy, hospitalizations for coronavirus have continued to steadily rise in recent weeks. Editor’s Note: As Orange County’s only nonprofit & nonpartisan newsroom, Voice of OC brings you the best, most comprehensive local Coronavirus news absolutely free. No ads, no […]READ MORE
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Public health officials are expressing alarm after early data is showing that an overwhelming number of African American residents are among those dying of COVID-19.
Black residents accounted for 72% of deaths from complications of coronavirus disease in Chicago and 52% of positive tests for the coronavirus, despite blacks making up only 30% of the city’s population, according to the city’s public health agency.
Similar conditions mark other large cities with large black populations that are considered hot spots for the coronavirus, including New York, Detroit, Milwaukee and New Orleans. Figures released Monday by Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services showed African Americans, who make up 14% of the state population, make up about 33% of cases statewide and 41% of deaths.
A new team of city and community representatives will focus on contacting residents who are older than 50 and those considered vulnerable to the virus because of other health conditions to share information about prevention and resources for those who do become ill.
A national civil rights group on Monday said that’s a problem across the country and demanded more transparency on race and ethnicity among the COVID-19 testing results, cases and patient outcomes reported by federal health authorities and state health agencies.
“Equal access to healthcare is a critical civil rights issue, and during this novel pandemic, the public deserves nothing less than full transparency from this administration and state public health officials,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement.
One of the nation’s top experts on the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said coronavirus is “shining a bright light” on unacceptable health disparities for African-Americans.
There’s a push for data showing the race of COVID-19 patients in Florida and a state senator is pushing for more testing in black neighborhoods.
“I asked directly to the surgeon general, then we had a conference call with the surgeon general last week asking for that information,” Gibson said.
Data released by the Florida Department of Health over the weekend shows 21% of people hospitalized with the COVID-19 in Florida are black. According to 2018 U.S. Census figures, 16% of Florida residents are listed as black or African-American.
UF Health Jacksonville began an outreach Wednesday to people who live in a public housing project in Jacksonville’s Durkeeville neighborhood lined up to be tested for COVID-19. Free testing is available to people, especially those at least 65 years of age.
“I am not that familiar with the internet,” said 83-year-old resident Suzy Henry. “So I am grateful and happy they are here today making it convenient for people like me.”
African-American and Hispanic populations typically have are higher rates of hypertension, diabetes and high-cholesterol and income disparity can result in a lower level of preventative health care.
“We haven’t quite seen what we’ve seen in Chicago, Milwaukee, in terms of a racial perspective, but that’s why we are out here, So we can learn more and hopefully put in some interventions,” Dr. Leon Haley of UF Health.
Florida Gov. Ron Desantis also addressed the issue at a news briefing Wednesday.
“We’re now breaking out by race or ethnicity. (We) don’t have it for every patient, but the ones we do we’re putting it there,” DeSantis said. “We’re also with the University of Florida and Shands … a kind of an investigation into some of the public housing communities … where they maybe not getting what they need.”
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