Evidence of disparities in the proportion of COVID-19 cases and deaths is growing in the US and in Connecticut. A state-by-state analysis by NPR of data from the COVID Racial Tracker finds African American Connecticut residents are more likely to contract the virus than other state residents and somewhat more likely to die of COVID. However Connecticut Hispanics and Latinos are far more likely to contract the virus than either African Americans or all state residents but they are less likely than other state residents to die. This trend was shared across the US.
It’s important to note that while it’s getting better, the data is not complete and the race/ethnicity of many cases is still unknown. COVID Racial Tracker gave Connecticut only a B grade for the quality of our data. Twenty eight other states did better earning either an A or A+. Only ten states are performing worse than Connecticut.