Pandemic’s weight falls on Hispanics and Native Americans, as deaths pass 150,000
Jul 31, 2020 7 mins, 0 secs

It’s a milestone the country was never supposed to reach.

Among them: Hispanics make up an increasing proportion of covid-19 deaths.

More than 25,800 have been struck down by the merciless pathogen, which now accounts for 1 out of every 5 deaths among Hispanics, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed by The Post.

country as deaths reach 150,000.

Deaths per week from Feb.

First reported death from covid-19 in the U.S.

New York and New Jersey made up half of the 15,000 reported deaths in the second week of April.

New Jersey retroactively added 1,800 probable deaths.

July’s deaths were in New England or the Mid-Atlantic.

Source: Post analysis based on deaths reported by.

Covid-19’s toll felt around the country as deaths reach 150,000.

Deaths per week from Feb.

First reported death from covid-19 in the United States.

At first, deaths clustered in New York and New Jersey, accounting for more than half of the 15,000 deaths reported in the second.

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retroactively added 1,800 probable deaths.

Only 14% of July’s deaths were in.

Source: Post analysis based on deaths reported by states.

Covid-19’s toll felt around the country as deaths reach 150,000.

Deaths per week from Feb.

At first, deaths clustered in New York and New Jersey, accounting for more than half of.

the 15,000 deaths.

second week.

Only 14% of July’s deaths occurred in New England or the Mid-Atlantic.

New Jersey retroactively added 1,800 probable deaths.

Source: Post analysis based on deaths reported by states and counties.

Covid-19’s toll felt around the country as deaths reach 150,000.

Deaths per week from Feb.

At first, deaths clustered in New York and New Jersey, accounting for more than half of the 15,000 deaths reported in the second week of April.

Only 14% of July’s deaths occurred in New England or the Mid-Atlantic.

New Jersey retroactively added 1,800 probable deaths

Source: Post analysis based on deaths reported by states and counties

Covid-19’s toll felt around the country as deaths reach 150,000

Deaths per week from Feb

At first, deaths clustered in

New York and New Jersey, accounting for more than half of the 15,000 deaths reported in the second week of April

Only 14% of July’s deaths occurred in New England or the Mid-Atlantic

New Jersey retroactively added 1,800 probable deaths

Source: Post analysis based on deaths reported by states and counties

The contours of the crisis have not changed much: The virus has continued to deepen the country’s divides and exploit its systemic inequities

When the virus first swept across the country, it devastated Black communities, killing African Americans at a disproportionately high rate in nearly every jurisdiction that published race data

In recent weeks, Hispanics and Native Americans have made up an increasing proportion of covid-19 deaths

The disease now accounts for nearly 20 percent of all deaths among those groups, higher than any other race or ethnicity in recent weeks, according to a Post analysis of the CDC data

Both in hot-spot states, and in states where the total number of deaths has decreased, Hispanics make up an increasing share of those deaths — a signal that the pandemic’s shifting demographics are not due to its shifting geography

Covid-19 continues to cause 1 out of every 5 deaths among Hispanics and Native Americans

Deaths per 100,000 people per week

Covid-19 deaths as a percent of total deaths

Covid-19 continues to cause 1 out of every 5 deaths among

Total deaths per 100,000 people per week

Covid-19 deaths as a percent of total deaths

Covid-19 continues to cause 1 out of every 5 deaths among Hispanics and Native Americans

Total deaths per 100,000 people per week

Covid-19 deaths as a percent of total deaths

States have reported an average of more than 1,000 virus-related deaths per day this week, the highest rate since late May, and experts say the toll is likely to increase rapidly

Epidemiologists say the country’s shoddy testing infrastructure has allowed virus fatalities to go undiagnosed

Also, the pandemic’s far-reaching effect on the health-care system has almost certainly contributed indirectly to many more deaths — in people afraid to seek medical care for other maladies, for example

In mid-April, New York state reported more than 1,000 deaths in a single day three times, accounting for nearly half of all deaths nationally

But now the virus is entrenched in the Sun Belt

Texas, Florida, California, Arizona and South Carolina have recorded the most average daily deaths in the past week

In Florida, California and Arizona, Hispanics consistently made up a disproportionate share of covid-19 deaths in June and early July

(The federal data about age and gender among covid-19 deaths were not broken down at the state level over time, so those demographic factors were not included in the analysis.)

portion of covid-19 deaths in hot spot states

Percent of Hispanics among covid-19 deaths

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Hispanics make up an increasing portion of covid-19 deaths in hot spots

Percent of Hispanics among covid-19 deaths

600 covid-19 deaths per week

Hispanics make up an increasing portion of covid-19 deaths in hot spots

Percent of Hispanics among covid-19 deaths

600 covid-19 deaths per week

In California, Hispanics account for 39 percent of the state population, but 46 percent of all virus deaths and 57 percent of virus deaths reported in the last week of June

In Texas, where Hispanics are 40 percent of the population, they account for an approximately proportional share of all virus deaths

In the last week of June, however, they made up 57 percent of the deaths

Poor data reporting, which initially masked the disease’s disproportionate burden on Black communities, has continued to hinder researchers trying to study consequences for Hispanics

A recent report, however, links long-standing inequality to the surges in Hispanic infections and deaths

Rodriguez-Diaz and his team found that, in most parts of the country, counties where more Latinos live saw more cases and deaths — especially in the Midwest, home to most of the nation’s meat-processing plants, many of which hire large numbers of Latino migrants

In Arizona’s Maricopa County, where almost a third of residents are Hispanic, the virus has killed more than 2,000 people

She died June 2 while giving birth to her second son, about two weeks after she was diagnosed with the virus

Santiago told a local TV station that his family’s story is an example of the danger the virus poses to Latino communities

Arizona and neighboring New Mexico also have seen alarmingly disproportionate deaths among Native Americans

In Arizona, Native Americans account for just 4 percent of the population, but triple that share of virus deaths

And in New Mexico, where Native Americans are 9 percent of the population, they make up 75 percent of the state’s deaths

The Navajo Nation, which straddles both states, has reported 453 covid-19 fatalities

Adjusted for population, Navajo Nation has seen more virus deaths than any U.S

Experts disagree about exactly how the pandemic will end, but most are united on at least one point: The country and its leaders can still influence whether — or when — another milestone is reached

At its current pace, the United States will surpass 219,000 deaths by November, says the forecast from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

The model assumes that most schools will reopen in the fall and that state leaders will resume social distancing mandates once their local death tolls reach a certain threshold

But the model also predicts an alternate future, one in which at least 95 percent of people wear masks in public

covid-19 model

The group’s model, Meyers said, is based on past behaviors

He recently published an editorial in the journal Microbes and Infection urging a simple approach: The country should set a containment goal — one new case daily per 1 million residents, say — and impose stay-at-home orders until it’s reached

“If we wait until January 2021, we’re not going to have a country by then at this rate of acceleration.”

Many experts fear the situation will only get worse in the fall, and they said three factors could influence the severity: colder weather driving more people indoors, where the virus has shown special vigor, a possible flu outbreak that could put even more strain on hospitals and, most pressing, the new school year

Schools are a vital part of every community in the country, the experts said, and they will play a crucial role in students’ development and states’ economic restarts, but some are worried the facilities will become virus hubs when in-person learning resumes

Data on deaths by region comes from The Washington Post’s coronavirus tracker

NCHS data are collected at a lag and recent weeks are likely to be incomplete, so The Post’s analysis only used deaths recorded through July 4


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