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Coronavirus hitting harder in communities of color across NC

WRAL, Ali Ingersoll, 9/17/2021

DURHAM, N.C. — Nearly 7,300 new coronavirus infections are reported a day in North Carolina, which is up 40 percent from a month ago. But the cases are hitting some groups harder than others.

According to data from the state Department of Health and Human Services, Black and Latino residents are disproportionately affected by the virus.

Latino residents, for example, have experienced 15,586 cases per capita, which is 82 percent more than the 8,553 cases per capita among white residents, according to DHHS data. Cases per capita among Black and Native American residents are 11 percent and 10 percent higher, respectively, than the rate for whites.

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