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Effects of coronavirus on minorities

Posted at 5:56 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 23:36:22-04

TULSA, Okla. — Several months into the coronavirus pandemic making its way into the United States, top health officials have been able to compile data about those most at risk and affected.

A recent study by epidemiologists and researchers says early data shows African Americans make up 58 percent of COVID-19 related deaths in the country.

The study by the American Foundation for AIDS research shows as of April, there were 283,750 positive cases in disproportionately black counties and 12,748 deaths.
In Oklahoma there are just over 200 known African Americans who have coronavirus.

Oklahoma State Department of Health data shows African Americans make up six percent of the cases, but have a 10 percent death rate.

Dr. Syeachia Dennis of The University of Oklahoma says health conditions predominately seen in the black community contribute to the death rate.

"Having more chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity," Dr. Dennis said. "That certainly is putting people at higher risk for complications from COVID-19.”

She recommends anyone with symptoms or who thinks they may have been exposed, to get tested.

OU Physicians in partnership with the Tulsa Health Department are offering free tests.

To schedule a screening, call the OU Physicians Hotline at 918-619-4980.

Click here to review the study on COVID-19 in black communities.

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