Rate of COVID-19 Deaths, Illness among Black Residents Alarms Cities

Chicago's mayor pledged an aggressive public health campaign aimed at the city's black and brown communities amid alarm that an overwhelming number of African American residents were among the people to die of COVID-19 in early data.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor pledged an aggressive public health campaign aimed at the city’s black and brown communities Monday amid alarm that an overwhelming number of African American residents were among the people to die of COVID-19 in early data. Black residents accounted for 72% of deaths from COVID-19 complications in the city and 52% of positive tests for the coronavirus, despite making up only 30% of the city’s population, according to the city’s…

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