"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 on 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.