COVID-19 and the Black Community

UW’s Wisconsin Connect issued a special report about the impact of COVID-19 on the African American and Black Community. From the report:

“Black people make up just 6 percent of the state population, but as of mid-April accounted for close to 40 percent of the state’s death toll. In Milwaukee County, where Black people make up about 27% of the population, 45% of confirmed cases and more than 70% of deaths had occurred in the Black community.”

African Americans also face a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. As a public health organization devoted to health equity, the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute works to provide services, support, and equitable representation in research to people of color. As COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect the Black community, we reaffirm our commitment to better understanding and helping solve these devastating health disparities.

Read the full report from Wisconsin Connect here.

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