One striking facet of the COVID-19 outbreak is the effect it has had on communities that have been historically been marginalized in the United States, including African Americans, indigenous nations (the Navajo Nation has one of the highest infection rates in country), and people incarcerated in jails/prisons. What ties these groups together is not inherent biological risk. Rather, disinvestment at the community level means the agencies and organizations that serve these communities often lack the resources needed to prevent the spread of infectious disease. This is long-standing social and health disparities that potentially leave individuals more susceptible to severe illness.
These plots show patterns in infections and mortality by race and ethnicity for the entirety of Missouri.
mo_race_rates.csvtable, which is assembled from data provided by the State of Missouri.
Missouri currently releases data on race and ethnicity based on the number of people who have initiated or completed vaccinations. Initiated means individuals have received an initial dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Completed means individuals have received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Within the St. Louis region, I am currently tracking disparities data only for St. Louis City and County.
These plots show patterns in infections and mortality by race and ethnicity for St. Louis City and County. Data for St. Louis City and County are not displayed jointly, and so these plots are unique in their comparative presentation of disparities between St. Louis City and County.
These plots show patterns in infections and mortality by race and gender for St. Louis City.
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