Data on COVID-19 Mortality by Race and Ethnicity Underscore Disparities

New figures compiled by the non-partisan APM Research Lab and released on May 20th, 2020, provide further evidence of the staggering divide in the COVID-19 death rate between black Americans and the rest of the United States population. Authors were able to gather and analyze data on race and ethnicity for 88% of COVID-19 deaths across 40 states and the District of Columbia. Of note, 1 in 2,000 Black Americans has died (or 50.3 per 100,000), at a rate 2.4 times higher than whites. The authors describe other racial disparities, explaining “If they had died of COVID-19 at the same rate as White Americans, about 12,000 Black Americans, 1,300 Latino Americans and 300 Asian Americans would still be alive.” Click here to view the full report, titled, The Color of Coronavirus: COVID-19 Deaths by Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.