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Washtenaw County Health Department provides COVID-19 data by zip code and race

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Susan Ringler-Cerniglia for the information in this story.)

Due to the number of confirmed cases in the county, Washtenaw County Health Department is now able to share COVID-19 data broken down by zip code and race.

The information is available on the Health Department’s website and will be updated daily.

The newly published data shows COVID-19 is present in every local zip code, but also highlights disparities within the county.

“We know viruses do not discriminate based on location, race, ethnicity, or national origin,” says Jimena Loveluck, MSW, Health Officer with the Washtenaw County Health Department in a press release. “However, viruses like COVID-19 can highlight health disparities that are deeply rooted in our society.”

Similar disparities have also been seen in Michigan and elsewhere in the United States.

Due to structural and environmental racism, African Americans are more likely to have underlying health conditions like heart disease, asthma, and diabetes, and are less likely to have access to healthcare in both Washtenaw County and across the country. These factors may be able to explain some, but not all of the disparate effects coronavirus is having on our African American communities.

The Washtenaw County Health Department has been working with communities that face some of the largest health disparities, including multiple groups in Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township, for several years to identify and address inequities. The Health Department continues to work with community leaders from these groups to address inequities playing out in real time during this outbreak.

People of every race, economic status, and age are at risk for coronavirus and should continue taking every precaution to help slow the spread of illness. Staying home whenever possible, as well as maintaining at least six feet between people, washing your hands, and avoiding touching your face when you must be out, continue to be the best ways to slow the spread of illness. Check in on your loved ones and neighbors who are most at risk and see how they are doing. If they require an essential errand, see how you can help.

 “We recognize that not everyone has the same ability to stay home,” says Loveluck. “Farmworkers who grow the food we eat, and service and transportation workers who make it possible for us to get this food continue to work every day. People who don’t have the resources or transportation to get necessities are also suffering.”

Individuals in need of essential resources can view Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development’s list of community services or call 2-1-1. United Way of Washtenaw County has established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help nonprofits and groups ensure people and families in need can access food, housing, health care, financial resources and other supports. 

You can visit this website to apply or donate.


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  1. Thank you for publishing this complete story that includes data interpretation and helpful resources, with input from Washtenaw County Health Department staff.

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