Bryan Health: Majority of COVID-19 cases are among minority groups
Bryan Health officials say the majority of people they've seen test positive for COVID-19 are in minority groups, despite those groups receiving significantly less testing.
Bryan Health officials say the majority of people they’ve seen test positive for COVID-19 are in minority groups, despite those groups receiving significantly less testing.
Bryan released a demographic breakdown of the 758 total positive tests they’d received as of Monday:
- Black or African American: 36 positive cases
- Asian: 122 positive cases
- Other: 73 positive cases
- White or Caucasian: 250 positive cases
- Hispanic: 252 positive cases=
White people have received 4,217 tests and accounted for about one third of all positive cases, while all other groups have received 1,811 combined tests and made up roughly 66% of positive cases.
While far more white people have received testing and tested positive, their positive test rate was the lowest among the demographic groups at 6%. That’s compared to a 15% positive test rate for black and African American people, 31% for Asians, and 31% for Hispanic people.
White people made up 70% of the people who had gotten tested overall, and made up 34% of Bryan Health’s total positive cases. Hispanic people accounted for only 13% of the overall tests, while also making up 34% of the positive cases. Hispanics also had a 31% positive test rate – the highest among all groups.
Bob Ravenscroft, vice president of advancement, said he thinks the language barrier is a key factor behind the disparities. He says living conditions and access to information and healthcare play a role as well.
“I don’t think we’ve done a great job as a state, frankly, getting the messages to different communities as effectively as we could,” he said.
Bryan Health officials say they’ve been working to increase the flow of information to minority groups, including working with local health officials, publishing flyers in multiple languages and promoting multi-lingual television programming.
“We owe it to them to try to improve on it,” Ravenscroft said.
Bryan Health’s mobile testing unit will be stationed at Lincoln High School on Friday from 4-7 p.m.