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Coronavirus disproportionately affects African-American Hoosiers

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 17:17:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS — New numbers released Friday by the Indiana State Department of Health show African-American Hoosiers are disproportionally affected by COVID-19.

African-American Hoosiers make up about 9.8% of the state, but about 18.5% of COVID-19 cases.

“That’s what every other state has seen,” Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said.

Coronavirus disproportionately affects African-American Hoosiers

Box said it’s because African-American residents are more likely to have conditions like diabetes or heart disease.