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
Michigan confirmed seven coronairus deaths and 489 cases Monday as the recent increase in the rate of infections continued. The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 632 daily, up from 476 a day for the previous seven-day period, according to state data. Last week’s 4,232 cases reported in Michigan was a nine-week […]READ MORE
CLOSE Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Gov. Andy Beshear announced Sunday that the commonwealth had 979 new cases of the coronavirus — the largest single-day increase yet in the pandemic. The Bluegrass State now has at least 23,161 total cases. Beshear also announced Sunday that an additional three Kentuckians have died due to COVID-19, […]READ MORE
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A record number of new confirmed coronavirus cases were recorded across the globe on Saturday, with more than 250,000 cases reported, the World Health Organization said. It was the first time the number of new single-day infections topped a quarter-million, the health agency added, with 259,848 cases recorded. The United States, Brazil, South Africa and […]READ MORE
TACOMA, Wash – The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reported a total of 121 new coronavirus cases and 1 new death on Saturday. Source linkREAD MORE
Massachusetts health officials reported 17 more deaths from the coronavirus, and 177 new confirmed cases were announced on Saturday. This brings the overall death toll to 8,201, with 106,664 total cases, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Another 182 probable cases were included in the state’s daily COVID-19 listing Saturday, meaning a total […]READ MORE
Maine reported two deaths and just 10 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, capping a week that saw localized outbreaks but an overall decline in critical virus statistics. Maine’s cumulative cases rose to 3,646, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those cases, 3,252 have been confirmed by testing and 394 […]READ MORE
Riverside County recorded another two deaths from the new coronavirus Friday, July 17, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 518 to 28,695. Hospitalizations rose slightly but were still below the high of a day before, and the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units dropped slightly. County hospitals had 535 people with […]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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