D.C. mayor: Coronavirus casts ‘spotlight’ on African American health disparities

Bowser, whose city is among major metropolitan areas including New Orleans and Detroit thought to be impending Covid-19 hot spots, called for “national and local actions” to address health disparities Sunday.

“While this is not new in the Covid-19 response, it certainly calls for national and local actions that are going to change the trajectory for African American health outcomes in our nation,” Bowser said.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democratic governor of New Mexico, also touched on health disparities in combating the coronavirus in a Sunday interview. Native Americans in Lujan Grisham’s state have been disproportionately affected by the disease.

“We know that the social determinants of health — poverty, lack of access to adequate shelter, food, health care — is an aspect that makes this virus and our efforts to combat it and provide productive treatment incredibly challenging,” Lujan Grisham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Six percent of our population is Native American. Twenty-five percent of our positive Covid-19 cases are Native American.”

“Some of these areas, particularly in the Navajo Nation, you’re in a situation where you’ve got folks living without access to water and electricity. And this creates unique challenges,” the governor said, adding that “I do think actually the [Trump] administration is clear that they need to do more.”

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