Gov. Mike DeWine creates minority task force to examine disproportionate number of African-Americans with coronavirus

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a Monday, April 20, 2020 coronavirus briefing
Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a Monday, April 20, 2020 coronavirus briefing.

5.3ksharesBy Laura Johnston, cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine has created a working group to examine why African-American Ohioans are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus.

Ursel J. McElroy, the who leads the Ohio Department of Aging, will serve on the Minority Health Strike Force, DeWine said at his statehouse briefing Monday.

For the 11,499 cases in which the Ohio Department of Health knows the race of coronavirus cases, 24.1 percent of patients are African-American, 54.6 percent are white, and 21.2 are other or multi-race. African-Americans make up about 13 percent of the Ohio population.
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