COVID’s assault on Native Americans

How bad were the outbreaks?
Native Americans and Alaska Natives have been hit harder by the pandemic than any other community in the U.S. They are 3.5 times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than whites, and are 1.8 times more likely to die from the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nationwide, 1 in every 475 Native Americans has died from the coronavirus, compared with 1 in 645 African-Americans, another hard-hit group. In Mississippi, 1 in every 127 indigenous people has died of COVID-19; in the Navajo Nation — a sprawling reservation that straddles Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah and is home to 175,000 people — more than 1,150 have died, a rate of about 1 in 160.


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