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by Kesha S. Moore, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

Washington, DC has often been referred to as Chocolate City because of its historic high percentage of Black residents comprising a majority of the population. While the percent of Black DC residents has dropped in recent years to 45% and the White population has risen to 36%, the nation’s capital is experiencing a gross magnification of the racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths and vaccinations compared to the rest of the country.

Although Black people comprise 45% of DC’s population, they make up 75% of all COVID-19 deaths in the city…


by Kesha S. Moore, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

In New York State, like much of the nation, Black and Latinx communities have the highest rates of death from COVID-19. Yet, their higher vulnerability of dying from COVID-19 has not afforded them priority access to the life-saving vaccine.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security recommends that the highest priority access be given to individuals with the greatest risks of severe illness and death and their caregivers. Giving priority access to those at the highest risks of severe illness and death from COVID-19 is ethically and pragmatically sound. Prioritizing…


by Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

At this time, Florida has the 34th highest COVID-19 death rate, and the 35th highest coronavirus-case rate among U.S. states. Four of the top ten COVID-19 deaths hot spots in Florida are in counties where African Americans make up a larger share of the population than their statewide average.

Florida’s Covid Exit Strategy rating: Uncontrolled spread.

As of November 9, 2020, Florida had the 35th highest number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the last seven days of any state in the United States. …


by Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

At this time, Kentucky has the 17th highest coronavirus-case rate among U.S. states, and the 22nd highest COVID-19 death rate. There is a very strong upward trend in new coronavirus cases.

Kentucy’s Covid Exit Strategy rating: Uncontrolled spread.

As of October 28, 2020, Kentucky had the 17th highest number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the last seven days of any state in the United States. It had the 22nd highest number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 over the same period.[1]

Since late September, the 7-day average number of new…


by Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

At this time, Georgia has the 15th highest COVID-19 death rate, and the 34th highest coronavirus-case rate among states in the United States. African Americans make up a disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths in Georgia. Six of the top ten COVID-19 deaths hot spots in Georgia are in counties where African Americans make up a larger share of the population than their statewide average.

Georgia’s Covid Exit Strategy rating: Trending poorly.

As of October 18, 2020, Georgia had the 34th highest number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the last…


by Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

At this time, Alabama has the 16th highest COVID-19 death rate, and the 21st highest coronavirus-case rate. African Americans make up a disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths in the state. Four of the top ten coronavirus-case hot spots are in counties where African Americans make up a larger share of the population than their statewide average.

Alabama’s Covid Exit Strategy rating: Uncontrolled Spread.

As of October 13, 2020, Alabama had the 21st highest number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the last seven days of any state in the United…


by Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

At this time, South Carolina has the 14th highest COVID-19 death rate, and the 26th highest coronavirus-case rate. African Americans make up a disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths in the state. Seven of the top ten coronavirus-case hot spots and eight of the top ten COVID-19-deaths hot spots are in counties where African Americans make up a larger share of the population than their statewide average.

South Carolina’s Covid Exit Strategy rating: Uncontrolled Spread.

As of October 11, 2020, South Carolina had the 26th highest number of new coronavirus cases per…


by Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

At this time, Mississippi has the sixth highest COVID-19 death rate, and the 17th highest coronavirus-case rate. African Americans make up a disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths in the state. Four of the top ten coronavirus-case hot spots and five of the top ten COVID-19-deaths hot spots are in counties where African Americans make up a larger share of the population than their statewide average.

Mississippi’s Covid Exit Strategy rating: Trending poorly.

As of October 6, 2020, Mississippi had the 17th highest number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the…


by Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

At this time, Missouri has the 11th highest coronavirus-case rate, and the 16th highest COVID-19 death rate. African Americans make up a significantly disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths in the state.

Missouri’s Covid Exit Strategy rating: Uncontrolled spread

As of October 5, 2020, Missouri had the 11th highest number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the last seven days of any state in the United States. It had the 16th highest number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 over the same period.[i]

New coronavirus cases are now on a downward trend…


by Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

At this time, Louisiana has the ninth highest COVID-19 death rate and the 28th highest coronavirus-case rate. Louisiana is the fourth worst state by the Black COVID-19-deaths disparity and the ninth worst state by the Black coronavirus-case disparity. Seven of the top ten hot spots for new coronavirus cases in the state are parishes that are disproportionately African American. Two of them are majority African American.

Louisiana’s Covid Exit Strategy rating: Trending poorly

As of September 30, 2020, Louisiana had the 28th highest number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 over…

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