Coronavirus USA Update: 702 deaths in Louisiana, ventilator usage drops

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Coronavirus USA Update: 702 deaths in Louisiana, ventilator usage drops
Coronavirus USA Update: 702 deaths in Louisiana, ventilator usage drops

In Louisiana, the death toll has climbed to 702 as the number of confirmed cases reaches 18,283.

Only one of Louisiana’s 64 parishes does not have a confirmed case.

Last week, nearly 18% of those diagnosed were in hospitals in the state, and now just 11.6% of those with coronavirus are in hospitals.

While nearly a quarter of those in hospitals are on ventilators, according to Nola.com, ventilator usage has fallen for five-straight days.

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The rate of new deaths has also gone down each day this week. On Monday, there was a 38.3% increase in the amount of new deaths but on Thursday it was 7.6%.

– Data shows racial disparities among Maryland cases

Coronavirus is disproportionately killing the black community in the U.S., and new data shows Maryland is no exception.

About 30% of Maryland’s population is African American and about 60% of the population is white, The Baltimore Sun reported, citing Census data.

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African Americans make up at least 2,064 of those who have tested positive in the state, and at least 55 of the deaths.

Whites make up at least 1,540 of those who have tested positive in Maryland, and at least 39 of the fatalities.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted Thursday that this data “shows troubling disparities and points to a persistent public health challenge that we must address.”

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Louisiana recently released data showing that while African Americans make up roughly 32% of the population, they account for 70% of the deaths in the state. In Michigan, African Americans have died at more than eight times the rate of white people despite making up only 14% of the state’s population.

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