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Data shows African Americans might be more affected by COVID-19 than other groups

A recent report released by the CDC implicated underlying conditions as being the main culprit for many COVID-19 deaths and also that African Americans made up a large number of hospitalizations. While local data is inconclusive for the moment, it does raise questions about how race and health are intertwined. “We cannot refer to these high rates of chronic disease without mentioning that African American communities also typically experience poverty, food deserts, gentrification, red-lining and environmental and systemic institutional racism at higher rates as well,” Kristin Prelipp, communications manager at the Orange County Health Department, said.

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(From left) Ted Shaw, Mark Dorosin and Stephanie Perry-Terry speak at a panel.The Orange County Human Rights Commission held a panel on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 at the Whitted Building in Hillsborough. 

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