According to another recent study by epidemiologists and amfAR, an AIDS research nonprofit, counties with a greater proportion of black residents accounted for only 22% percent of American counties 52% of COVID-19 cases and 58% of COVID-19 deaths.
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Other data show a narrower divergence. The MSM study noted data showing 35% of positive cases in Georgia were among African Americans and the cases with unknown race had dropped to around 10% as of April 27th. Georgia’s population overall is about 32.4% African American.
“These findings demonstrate the importance of collecting and reporting COVID-19 positive cases and deaths by race and ethnicity,” said Dominic Mack, a professor of family medicine at MSM. “Recognizing that this crisis is hitting communities differently, this study should guide resource allocation for screening, testing and treatment in Georgia.”
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