Vanderbilt study: Nashville minority residents being disproportionately impacted by coronavirus

Jun 18, 2020

Total Davidson County Cases - Active, Recovered, and Deceased
Credit Nashville Dept. Health

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A new study by Vanderbilt Medical Center confirms that Metro’s minority communities are being disproportionately impacted by coronavirus.

The study, released Wednesday, is based on data from more than 18,000 patient COVID-19 tests administered by Vanderbilt since the pandemic began.

The study reveals that patients who speak a language other than English represent just under six percent of those tested. However, they account for nearly 20 percent of the positive results.

Metro health department heat maps have for weeks now shown a virus hot spot in southeast Nashville where much of the city’s English as a Second Language population is concentrated.

Metro Health Department data indicates that at least 30 percent of virus positive residents are of Hispanic ethnicity.