In early July, the New York Times published, “The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequality of Coronavirus, featuring data that shows the disproportionate impacts of the spread of COVID-19 on communities of color. In a report, the Economy League reviews the Times analysis and provides additional context for Philadelphia.
- Across the U.S, urban and suburban counties are seeing a higher prevalence of COVID-19 cases among communities of color – with very few exceptions.
- A closer look at local data shows how Black Philadelphians are 2.3 times as likely to contract COVID-19 than white Philadelphians.
- Similarly, Latinx Philadelphians are 1.7 times as likely to contract COVID-19 than white Philadelphians.
- The combination of higher concentrations of workers of color in “frontline” occupations combined with a leagcy of unequal access to healthcare has exacerbated the effects of the COVID-19 virus on Philadelphia’s communities of color.
Read the full report here.