COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities

In collaboration with the Michael Kebede from the ACLU Maine, MIRC has been tracking the data by race and ethnicity since April 2020. The graphs below highlight the troubling disparities in Maine’s COVID-19 vaccinations and positive cases:

A comparison of Maine’s population, cumulative COVID-19 cases, deaths and vaccinations data by race and ethnicity.

A comparison between the percentage share of Maine’s population and the current percentage of cumulative positive cases of COVID-19 by race and ethnicity.

Bi-weekly tracking of the disparity between the percentage of cumulative positive COVID-19 cases where race is reported as Black/African American and the percentage of Maine’s population that is Black/African American.


Since the COVID-19 data on race and ethnicity became available in the state of Maine on April 29, 2020, it became clear that indigenous Black African American Mainers, immigrants of color, and members of the Latinx community are experiencing disproportionate infection and harm from the virus. As described in an article in the Portland Press Herald on June 21, 2020, and based on data provided by the Maine CDC and the ACLU of Maine, Maine has the nation’s largest racial disparity for COVID-19.

  • Despite making up 1.6% of the population, over 3% of positive cases in Maine, where race is reported, are Black/African American.
  • Only 1.7% of the population is reported as Hispanic while they make up almost 2% of the positive cases.
  • Overall, Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color (BIPOC) account for almost 7% of Maine’s total cases, despite only making up 5.3% of the state’s total population.

Data updated on January 7, 2022

Youth Survey

Young immigrants were surveyed regarding their vaccination status and hesitations to get vaccinated. This survey was conducted by the Maine Immigrants Rights Coalition in collaboration with our community partners during the month of July 2021. 

Presentation on Our Findings, Our Reccomendations


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