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Black, Latino and Native American people being hospitalized with COVID-19 at roughly 4 times rate of white counterparts: CDC

Black, Latino and Native American people being hospitalized with COVID-19 at roughly 4 times rate of white counterparts: CDC
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New reporting from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that Black, Latino, Hispanic and Native American people are being hospitalized with COVID-19 at nearly four times the rate of non-Hispanic white persons.

The agency said that between March 1 and Nov. 7, it received reports of over 70,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19-associated hospitalizations, of which 67,259 include race and ethnicity data. 

Out of those cases, the agency said that when it looked at “overall age-adjusted rates by race and ethnicity” it found the rate for hospitalizations among Hispanic or Latino people was roughly 4.2 times the rate among non-Hispanic white persons.

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“Rates for non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native persons and non-Hispanic Black persons were approximately 4.1 and 3.9 times the rate among non-Hispanic white persons, respectively,” the agency stated. 

The CDC said in its reporting that non-Hispanic white people and non-Hispanic Black people “represented the highest proportions of hospitalizations” reported to COVID-NET, a surveillance system that gathers data on confirmed COVID-19-associated hospitalizations.

The new reporting follows a study published earlier this month that found Black and Asian people in the U.S. and Britain were at a higher risk of coronavirus infection than their white counterparts.

The study, which examined records from millions of patients, concluded that Black people were twice as likely to die from the illness than white people in both nations.

Asian people, the study found, were 1.5 times more likely to be infected with coronavirus than white people. The study also found that the demographic was more likely to be sent to intensive care and die from the illness.

The reporting comes as the entire nation has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases, in addition to a rise in hospitalizations, in recent days as the country heads into the colder months.