People of color upset disproportionally by COVID-19 in Colorado

The coronavirus sickens people of color in Colorado at a higher rate than their representation in the population, according to data released on Aug. 20 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, bolstering other data nationwide that shows similar findings.

Here, Black and Hispanic people have been hospitalized at disproportionately high rates, the CDPHE reports.

Hispanic people have accounted for nearly 38 percent of all hospitalized patients, though they represent about 22 percent of Colorado’s population. And at one point in May, more than 50 percent of the patients in hospitals were Hispanic.

Nearly 10 percent of hospitalized patients were Black, compared to the Black population comprising 4.6 percent of Colorado’s head count. In late March, more than 14 percent of hospitalized patients were Black, but by late July, this decreased to fewer than 4 percent, and in August has hovered at 8 percent or lower.

The new figures come via an effort to report demographic outcomes of Coloradans who have been hospitalized due to COVID-19, CDPHE said in a release.…

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