Over 80% of COVID-19 hospital patients in Georgia last month were black, CDC study finds

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A CDC study released Wednesday found that more than 80% of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Georgia last month were black. This is the last analysis showing that communities of color are disproportionately hit by the coronavirus.

Study comes days after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp started to reopen some of the state’s businesses – a decision condemned as premature and dangerous by local black leaders as well as public health officials and even President Trump.

The CDC study, which is headquartered in Atlanta, interviewed eight state hospitals – seven in the Atlanta metropolitan area and one in southern Georgia. In the sample of 305 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in March, 247 – 83.2% – were black. In comparison, 32 patients (10.8%) were white, 10 (3.4%) were Hispanic and eight (2.7%) were Asian or Pacific Islanders.

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