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70% of the COVID-19 Deaths in Chicago Are African American

Excerpts from CBS News 

More than half of the people in Chicago who have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, and over 70% of those who have died are African Americans, health officials and Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday. African Americans make up 30% of the city’s population, according to the city’s data.

According to data shared by the city on Sunday, 98 people have died from COVID-19 in Chicago. Of those 98 deaths, 67 were African American.

“Fifty-two percent of our cases have been in black Chicagoans, and, most strikingly, 72% of our deaths here in Chicago,” Chicago Public Health Department Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, said Monday.

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