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The data is clear, Tennessee minority communities are adversely impacted by coronavirus

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Centers for Disease Control this week released new data confirming people of color are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus outbreak nationwide, and here in Tennessee.

Minority residents make up 26.5 percent of the state’s population, but health department data show communities of color account for about 34 percent of all COVID-19 infections, and roughly 38 percent of all virus related deaths.

The CDC says the reasons for the disparity are clear. Minority residents are more likely to hold jobs that put them at higher risk, enjoy less access to healthcare, tend to live in crowded housing, and frequently face outright discrimination.

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