"May 1, 2020
People of color across the country and in Multnomah County suffer a disproportionate burden of disease and death (link is external) from COVID-19.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University report (link is external) For example, they found that in states reporting race and ethnicity data for COVID-19 cases, blacks and African Americans accounted for only 13% of the population. But in these states, black residents account for about one-third of COVID-19 deaths.
These inequalities extend to Oregon, where people of color are overrepresented in cases and are more likely to suffer complications from the virus.
The most obvious gap is that Latinos make up 13% of the state’s population and 27% of cases. This gap is caused by the outbreak in Washington County. In Washington County, nearly half of the people tested positive (the link is external) because the virus was identified as Latin-the infection rate for Washington County Hispanic residents is the original More than twice. "