Minority Health Strike Force established to investigate COVID-19 infection disparity

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– A task force has been created to investigate why COVID-19 coronavirus is disproportionately impacting African Americans in Ohio.

Gov. Mike DeWine make the announcement of the formation of the Minority Health Strike Force Monday during his daily press briefing.

DeWine stated African Americans make up 21 percent of Ohio’s COVID-19 cases while making up less than 15 percent of the state’s total population.

“We have a disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 virus on African Americans in the state of Ohio. That’s true across the country as well, but it is very very concerning,” DeWine said.

Director of the Department of Aging Ursel J. McElroy is one of the members of the strike force.

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