Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressmen Steven Horsford (NV-04)
Washington, D.C. — Tomorrow, May 27, 2020 at 12 p.m., Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) will join the Ways and Means Committee to hold a hearing on the “Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color.” The latest overall COVID-19 mortality rate for Black Americans is 2.4 times as high as the rate for Whites and 2.2 times as high as the rate for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Latino communities.
“Health care disparities have long-plagued communities of color, and the chasm in care quality is now exasperated by the ongoing spread of COVID-19. It is unacceptable that across the country, people of color are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus, and are more likely to have negative outcomes if they fall ill,” Congressman Horsford said. “We need extensive health care policies to mitigate these problems that are exacerbated in communities of color due to increased comorbidities, a lack of personal protective equipment, and other conditions that contribute to a greater likelihood of exposure to infection.”
In particular, Black Nevadans make up about 11 percent of Clark County’s population, within Congressman Horsford’s district, but account for 19 percent of the county’s COVID-19 cases where patients’ race and ethnicity have been identified. Additionally, according to the Southern Nevada Health District, 27 percent of people who have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in Clark County are Latino, while the county itself is 31 percent Latino. By contrast, patients who are white account for 33 percent of hospitalizations, but 42 percent of the county’s population.
As the country begins relaxing social distancing measures and working toward reopening the economy, these vulnerable communities are the most at-risk of spikes in infection and death are the same communities of color that have already experienced worse COVID-19-related health outcomes to date.
This hearing will take place remotely via Cisco Webex video conferencing. Members of the public may view the hearing via live webcast accessible at the Ways and Means Committee’s website HERE, where confirmed witnesses are also now listed.
What: Hearing on the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
When: 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Where: This hearing will take place remotely via Cisco Webex video conferencing.
Watch: Livestream of the hearing can be viewed via live webcast accessible at the Ways and Means Committee’s website HERE.