Sweeping disparities in how COVID-19 affects Black and Latino Wisconsinites — 6/19/20

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Today we highlight a story by the Wisconsin State Journal that examines the sweeping disparities in how COVID-19 affects Wisconsin’s Black and Latino residents.

Black Wisconsinites make up less than 7% of Wisconsin’s population but 18% of its COVID-19 cases and 24% of state deaths from the virus, David Wahlberg reports. Latinos also make up less than 7% of the population, and they account for 33% of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 cases and 11% of its deaths.

“Such disparities, which have long been found for other health conditions, have gained more attention in light of Black Lives Matter protests, Juneteenth events on Friday and a Republican state leader attributing high rates of COVID-19 among Latinos to immigrant ‘culture,'” Wahlberg reports.

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Higher rates of COVID-19 cases among African Americans and Latinos are bringing renewed attention to health disparities. Lisa Peyton-Caire, left, founder and president of the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness, said new efforts should help reduce black infant mortality in Dane County. With her are Tia Murray, center, and Micaela Berry, both with Harambee Village Doulas of Madison.

David Wahlberg / Wisconsin State Journal

Higher rates of COVID-19 cases among African Americans and Latinos are bringing renewed attention to health disparities. Lisa Peyton-Caire, left, founder and president of the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, said new efforts should help reduce black infant mortality in Dane County. With her are Tia Murray, center, and Micaela Berry, both with Harambee Village Doulas of Madison.

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Lobby halts Dodge County health ordinance: Board to await county association decisionBeaver Dam Daily Citizen

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Quotable

“The fact is that police budgets are excessive while other social sectors are underfunded. Just look at the expensive riot gear police have been wearing compared to what health care workers have had to work with during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

— Joey Grihalva, a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher and author, writing for Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service 

Data to note

Federal data released this week shows that 36 Wisconsin nursing homes have reported a total of 124 COVID-19 deaths. The Wisconsin State Journal looks deeper into the new data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Wisconsin is currently investigating 74 nursing homes where there have been at least one confirmed COVID-19 case, according to the state Department of Health Services

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