The Wisconsin Department of Health also reported a record number of new cases — 2,533 — on Friday. It followed another record-setting day.
The department asked the public to stay home, stay six feet away from others, wash hands and wear masks to protect the community.
The virus hits some communities harder
Communities of color have already been hit much harder by the pandemic in the US.
“American Indians and Alaskan Natives, and African Americans have been hospitalized at rates 3.5 times higher than Whites,” US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said Thursday.
“Hospitalization rates are three times higher for Hispanics compared to Whites,” he added.
The pandemic, Adams said, has both exploited and exacerbated the health disparities that exist throughout the country and has also highlighted structural conditions that contribute to those disparities.
“Social distancing and teleworking are critical to preventing spread of coronavirus, yet only one in five African Americans and one in six Hispanic Americans have a job that allows him to work from home,” Adams said.
People of color are also more likely to live in “densely packed urban areas” and in multi-generational homes, he said, and take public transportation. “Combined, these and other factors create a greater risk for spread of a highly contagious disease like Covid-19,” he added.
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