New COVID-19 reports show concerning patterns of inequity, rise in cases among younger people.
For immediate release: July 2, 2020 (20-119)
Contact: Kristen Maki, Department of Health, 360-545-2944
Institute for Disease Modeling
OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Bellevue-based Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) released two new reports analyzing COVID-19 data by age, race/ethnicity and primary language spoken. Both reports highlight the pandemic’s disproportionate and increasing impact on communities of color. The IDM report also points to recent increases in COVID-19 among younger people.
DOH overview of race, ethnicity and language impacts throughout the pandemic
DOH’s report analyzes data for the entire pandemic to date, from the earliest cases of COVID-19 in Washington state through the end of June. It includes confirmed COVID-19 case, hospitalization and death rates by race and ethnicity for the state as a whole and by region. The report also includes percentages of cases and hospitalizations by the patient’s primary language spoken, and will be updated regularly.
Report findings include:
DOH will monitor this data for changing trends to inform the state’s COVID-19 response.
IDM analysis of changing age and racial demographics
IDM’s report examines changes in the age and race of COVID-19 cases over time. Report findings include:
You can find more COVID-19 data on the DOH data dashboard and IDM’s InfoHub.
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IDM is contributing modeling and analytic services to local and state governments to support COVID-19 response efforts.
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