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Rate of deaths, illness among black residents alarms cities

Rate of deaths, illness among black residents alarms cities

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor pledged an aggressive public health campaign aimed at the city’s black and brown communities amid alarm that black residents make up an overwhelming number of those to die of COVID-19.

Black residents accounted for 72% of deaths from COVID-19 complications in the city despite making up only 30% of the city’s population.

Public health experts in Chicago said the trend was unsurprising to anyone familiar with decades-old barriers to health care here.

The same conditions exist in other large cities with large black populations that are considered hot spots for the coronavirus, including New York, Detroit, Milwaukee, and New Orleans.