The state has added 656 cases since Wednesday, and for the first time is releasing racial data on cases in Maryland, with the majority of deaths being African Americans and double that of white Marylanders.
Of the total cases, African Americans have been hit hardest with a total of 2,064 cases and 55 deaths. African Americans make up almost 43 percent of coronavirus cases where the patient’s race is known in the state and 47 percent of the deaths where race is known. Roughly a third of Maryland’s overall population is African American, according to U.S. Census data.
By comparison, people whose race was listed as white had a total of around 1,500 cases and 39 deaths. Racial data was unavailable for around 1,400 cases.
Governor Larry Hogan tweeted, “Today, we are able to publish 75% of the currently available data, which shows troubling disparities and points to a persistent public health challenge that we must address.”
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said he welcomed the new public data, and Prince George’s County’s Executive Angela Alsobrooks addressed the racial disparity that has been seen across the country.
“Unfortunately, we were not surprised to hear that because it is not just a data point that black and brown and poor people suffer disproportionately from health crises. It is a reality,” Alsobrooks said.
35,344 people have tested negative, 1,348 people have ever been hospitalized and 376 people have been released from isolation.
There are over 5,000 cases in Maryland.Coronavirus Latest: Maryland Releases Racial Data On COVID-19 For The First Time As Cases Grow To 6,185 In Maryland, 138 Deaths Reported — CBS Baltimore