“In some states, there are reports of racial and income disparities when it comes to deaths related to the virus. Are we seeing any trends here in Louisiana, if so, will it be posted and where can we find it?”
The number of Covid-19 related deaths in Louisiana sits just above 500. Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced, the bulk of those people who died as a result of the virus, belongs to a specific group.
“Right now, slightly more than 70 percent of all of our deaths are among African Americans.”
The Governor said, that number is extremely high.
“African Americans which are about 32 percent or so of the overall population of our state.”
Doctor Alex Billioux with the Louisiana department of health said, while those numbers are alarming, it’s not shocking.
“ I’m going to go back to what I’ve been doing which is emphasizing health equity and emphasizing the need to really build on what this administration has done and expanding health access to address those underlying disparities” said Billioux.
Hypertension and diabetes are the top two underlying health conditions killing those who contract the virus. Gov. Edwards and his team are trying to figure out their link to African Americans.
“We’re going to try to figure out what that is attributable to and what we can do about that as quickly as possible.”