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Will Tennessee see the racial disparity in COVID-19 cases reported in other states?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Tennessee appears to be experiencing less racial disparity among COVID-19 patients than the nation as a whole.

 

The Centers for Disease Control says, to-date, about 33 percent of patients hospitalized in the U.S. for coronavirus are African American. That’s more than twice the proportion of black residents to the total population reported by the Census Bureau.

 

Tennessee began Wednesday providing its own breakdown of cases by race.

 

The numbers are far from complete. However, where race was recorded, roughly 20 percent were African American. That’s slightly more than 3 percent higher than Tennessee’s proportion of black residents.

 

WMOT will update this story as additional data becomes available.

 

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