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Hispanics see highest increase in coronavirus deaths over summer, CDC report finds

While the majority of coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. have occurred among White people, Hispanic and Black people are disproportionally represented in the nation’s fatalities. The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released on Friday, found that the percentage of deaths among those groups are higher than the population percentage that they represent nationally.

Using data collected from May through August 2020 on coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S., the health agency found that 51.3% of the deaths occurred among White people, while 18.7% of overall deaths occurred Black persons despite representing just 12.5% of the U.S. population, and 24.2% involved Hispanic persons despite representing 18.5% of the population.

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Additionally, Hispanic persons represented the largest increase in fatalities, as they accounted for 14% of COVID-19 deaths that occurred from February 12 through May 18, but represented 25% of fatalities in August.

“Although there has been a geographic shift in COVID-19-associated deaths from the Northeast to the West and South, where Hispanic persons account for a higher percentage of the population, this analysis found that ethnic disparities among decedents in the West and South increased during May-August, 2020, suggesting that the geographic shift alone does not entirely account for the increase in Hispanic decedents nationwide,” the agency stated.

The agency said disparities in coronavirus cases and deaths among Hispanic persons and other minorities are well-documented, and are potentially related to increased risk of exposure, limited access to health care, or differences in the prevalence of underlying health conditions among racial and ethnic groups.

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The CDC also reported a decreasing percentage of deaths among persons aged 65 or older and persons in nursing homes which were once a hotbed for deaths early on in the pandemic. The researchers noted that the downward shift may signal younger populations and noninstitutionalized patients may be getting hit harder by the virus.

The agency noted that the data is subject to delays, so it likely underestimates the number of deaths that occurred and that it did not address long-term morbidity among coronavirus survivors and did not account for deaths and morbidity “related to the indirect effects of interrupted health care and socioeconomic disruption caused by the pandemic.”

However, despite those limitations, the health agency said the report does show a shift in COVID-19-associated deaths that occurred between May and August.

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“Racial and ethnic disparities among COVID-19 decedents have persisted over the course of the pandemic and continue to increase among Hispanic persons,” the report stated. “These results can inform public health messaging and mitigation efforts focused on prevention and early detection of infection among disproportionally affected groups so as to minimize subsequent mortality.”

As of Monday, Johns Hopkins University researchers had tallied 219,706 deaths in the U.S., and over 1.1 million worldwide.  

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New COVID-19 Cases Triple From Prior Week Increase In Deerfield

DEERFIELD, IL — Like every other municipality in Illinois, the Village of Deerfield has been dealing with its own unique data points regarding the coronavirus. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 456 people have contracted COVID-19 in Deerfield since the outbreak began. That’s an increase of 71 cases since Oct. 9. For further comparison, there was an increase of 25 cases between Oct. 2-9.

The Lake County Health Department reports there have been 18,909 confirmed cases in Lake County. That’s an increase of 963 cases since Oct. 9. For further comparison, there was an increase of 638 cases between Oct. 2-9. In addition, there have been 494 deaths, marking an increase of 14 since Oct. 2. For further comparison, there was an increase of four deaths between Oct. 2-9.

Here is a breakdown of Lake County cases by age. As of Friday afternoon, there has been no update to these numbers since prior to Sept. 25:

  • Less than 20 (2,550 cases for an increase of 143 since Sept. 11, compared to 229 between Sept. 4-11)

  • 20-29 (3,224 cases for an increase of 112, compared to 200)

  • 30-39 (2,252 cases for an increase of 52, compared to 94)

  • 40-49 (2,448 for an increase of 51, compared to 117)

  • 50-59 (2,266 for an increase of 60, compared to 95)

  • 60-69 (1,390 for an increase of 17, compared to 59)

  • 70-79 (723 for an increase of seven, compared to 19)

  • 80-89 (515 for an increase of six, compared to nine)

  • 90 and older (305 for an increase of two, compared to five)

The Lake County recovery rate from the coronavirus is currently 96.7 percent. Recovered cases are defined as persons with initial positive specimen collection date greater than 42 days who have not expired. The Recovery rate is calculated as the recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and total deceased cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 11,325 people have been tested across Deerfield (zip code 60015) as of Friday. That number represents an increase of 893 tests since Oct. 9. For further comparison, there was an increase of 688 tests between Oct. 2-9.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, 11 people have died due to COVID-19 in the Cook County portion of Deerfield since April 6. That marks an increase of one death since our last report. The death on Oct. 4 was the first since July 22.

Here is a breakdown of COVID-19 related deaths by date in Deerfield:

  • April 6 — 1

  • April 13 — 1

  • April 18 — 1

  • April 29 — 1

  • May 12 — 1

  • May 19 — 2

  • May 28 — 1

  • June 9 — 1

  • July 22 — 1

  • Oct. 4 — 1

According to the medical examiner, the age breakdown for the 11 deaths are: 80+ (4), 70-79 (4), 60-69 (2) and 40-49 (1). In addition, eight of the deceased were females and 2 was male.

As of Friday, there have been 23 coronavirus-related cases

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