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Data shows Vt. minorities four times more likely to get COVID-19

Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 8:27 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - New data from the Vermont Health Department shows minority Vermonters are four times more likely to be infected with COVID-19.

We’re told every week, Black, Indigenous, and people of color make up at least 7% of the new cases, but only 6% of Vermonters are BIPOC.

Here’s what else the research shows:

  • BIPOC cases are more likely to report working in the manufacturing industry, compared to white non-Hispanic cases.
  • They tend to be younger than white non-Hispanic people with COVID-19.
  • They have a higher hospitalization rate than white non-Hispanic people with COVID-19.
  • Health experts say they are a number of factors at play including racism and socioeconomic disadvantage

Click here for more information and the rest of the department’s findings.

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