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Today we highlight a USA Today investigation into how the long history of racist policies set up Black, Asian, Hispanic and Indigenous Americans to bear an outsized share of COVID-19 suffering.
“Of the 10 U.S. counties with the highest death rates from COVID-19, seven have populations where people of color make up the majority, according to data compiled by USA TODAY. Of the top 50 counties with the highest death rates, 31 are populated mostly by people of color,” a team of 10 reporters write in a six-part series.
Among the causes, they report: long standing housing discrimination that forced people of color into crowded neighborhoods, speeding the spread of coronavirus. “Those neighborhoods tend to lie in ‘food deserts,’ leading to diabetes, obesity and heart disease that make people more likely to die from the virus.”
Meanwhile, environmental policies “designed by white power brokers at the expense of the poor has poisoned the air they breathe, fueling cancers and leaving communities weakened in the path of the virus.”
As Wisconsin sets records again for COVID-19 deaths, cases, Gov. Tony Evers calls on GOP leaders to meet — Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin sees another COVID-19 outbreak in prison system — Wisconsin State Journal
Rise in COVID leads to plasma shortage — Kenosha News
Several Rock County coronavirus data points reach record highs — Janesville Gazette
Food access trouble?
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Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday reported 34 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, shattering the previous daily record of 27. That brings the state’s total to 1,508 confirmed COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic.
The state also set a daily record for new confirmed COVID-19 cases, DHS reported Tuesday: 3,279.
The state’s rate of positive tests continues to spike as the virus keeps spreading.
Here are visualizations of trends in cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.
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