The Washington State Department of Health is now able to report COVID-19 data on hospitalization and race/ethnicity. Specifically, DOH has data on the number of persons currently hospitalized or in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with confirmed COVID-19 and the race/ethnicity of persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and who have died with COVID-19.
“DOH is committed to promoting equity and social justice and is pleased to now have these data available for our collective understanding of the impacts to Washingtonians,” said Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “Based on the available data at this time, it does not appear we have the same stark inequities in deaths experienced in other parts of the country. However, we are still working to get race and ethnicity data for a third of the deaths, so we can’t draw firm conclusions quite yet.”
As we continue to compile these data, we will closely monitor and report changes and trends. DOH will continue critical work to identify and respond to inequities that impact Washington residents according to their race, ethnicity and other demographics.
Collectively, these data help us better understand trends in COVID-19 activity and potential risk factors for severe disease so we can better focus public health interventions as we continue to flatten the curve.
More information on COVID-19 is available from:
- Washington State Department of Health
- Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #, or text 211211
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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