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COVID-19 is affecting people of color the most. We’re tracking the data in real time.

The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Together, we’re gathering the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States.

Júlia Ledur / COVID Tracking Project

We’ve lost at least 26,425 Black lives to COVID-19 to date.

Black people account for:

13%of the US
population

vs.

23%of deaths
where race is known

This means Black people are dying at a rate more than 1.5 times higher than their population share.

We’ve asked every state to report complete race and ethnicity data. Our Racial Data Dashboard has the latest.

States and territories reporting race and ethnicity data

49 states/territories
Reporting positive cases
48 states/territories
Reporting deaths

Tracking inequity at the county level

State-level statistics tell part of the story, but many US states are also deeply segregated—meaning different counties in the same state can have vastly different breakdowns by race and ethnicity.

Race and ethnicity data for COVID cases isn't widely available at the county level, so we're using two numbers we do have: the latest infection and death rates for each county, from a New York Times dataset, paired with the largest racial or ethnic group in that county, based on the Census Bureau's 2018 ACS 5-Year estimates. The results are staggering.

Counties with the 20 highest infection rates

Cases per 100,000 people05,00010,000Trousdale, TNLake, TNDakota, NEBuena Vista, IALee, ARNobles, MNLincoln, ARColfax, NEEast Carroll, LAFord, KSMcKinley, NMTexas, OKEchols, GALowndes, ALSeward, KSCass, INFinney, KSBledsoe, TNRockland, NYMarion, OH

This chart shows the 20 counties with the highest level of infections per capita, and the largest racial or ethnic group in that county. Non-Hispanic White people represent the largest racial group in most of these counties. This is in line with Census statistics, which show that more than 60 percent of Americans are White, non-Hispanic or Latino.

Counties with the 20 highest death rates

Deaths per 100,000 people0100200Hancock, GARandolph, GATerrell, GAEarly, GANew York City, NYEmporia city, VAEssex, NJUnion, NJNeshoba, MSMcKinley, NMPassaic, NJNorthampton, VAHolmes, MSGalax city, VAHudson, NJBergen, NJLowndes, ALTurner, GASt. John the Baptist, LANassau, NY

When we look at the 20 counties with the highest level of deaths per capita, we see a different story. In nine of these 20 counties, Black people represent the largest racial group. Four of the top five counties with the highest death rates in the nation are all predominantly Black.Note that The New York Times county dataset combines the five counties that make up New York City’s boroughs (New York County, Kings County, Bronx County, Richmond County, and Queens County) into one listing for New York City. When combined, these counties show up as predominantly White, non-Hispanic. However, Bronx County, which is predominantly Hispanic/Latino and/or Black, has been a hotspot for COVID cases and deaths.

Learn more from media outlets across the country about how COVID-19 is impacting communities of color.