There are some troubling numbers coming out of the state of Georgia in regard to its coronavirus patients that are cause for concern, especially considering the state has recently reopened many of its businesses.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released this week found that 83% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state of Georgia during March were black, according to Business Insider.
The proportion of hospitalized patients who were black was higher than expected based on overall hospital admissions,” the CDC report said.
To better understand why this is significant, the numbers show the black community was overrepresented in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
The CDC looked at demographic data from 305 coronavirus patients admitted to eight hospitals.
Of the 297 cases in which race was known, 247 patients were black.
Seven of those hospitals were in Atlanta, where black people make up 52% of the overall population. The other hospital was in southern Georgia.
Black people account for 32% of the total population in Georgia.
This report came out days after Governor Brian Kemp allowed some businesses to reopen in the state despite this disapproval of Donald Trump and local officials including Atlanta Mayor Keyshia Bottoms.
Celebrities spoke out against the rush to reopen the state as well,
Georgia has more than 26,000 reported cases of the coronavirus which according to projections, won’t reach its peak until after Saturday, May 2nd.
The data seems to be aligned with other reports that African Americans are at a higher risk for serious illness or death in regard to the coronavirus.
Studies have shown that states including California, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Kansas and North Carolina, are places where black communities are being hit the hardest by the virus.