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 positive cases:
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.
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, almost 12% 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 over 3% of the positive cases.
- Similarly, Asian/Pacific Islanders make up 1.2% of the population but account for almost 2% of the cases.
- Overall, Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color (BIPOC) account for nearly 20% of Maine’s total cases, despite only making up 5.3% of the state’s total population.
Data updated on November 20, 2020
Race, Ethnicity and Age Trends in COVID-19 Deaths in the United States
Permanent Commission on The Status Of Racial, Indigenous And Maine Tribal Populations Committee – An Overview Of Maine’s Growing Coronavirus Racial Disparities reports presented to the Committee On Appropriations And Financial Affairs:
Data and Causes
Solutions and Funding Suggestions
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