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Deaths disproportionately African-American

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It’s something that sociologists and medical researchers will be studying and trying to figure out for many years to come.

Despite the fact that African-Americans make up less than one-third of Georgia’s overall population (31.94 percent, according to 2019 Census data), African-Americans currently comprise the majority of COVID-19 deaths in most of the different age ranges here in Georgia.

For those under 70, here is how the data breaks down, by age range:

• 18-29 – Out of the 56 confirmed deaths in which the race was substantiated, 28 were African-American (50 percent)

• 30-39 – Out of the 135 confirmed deaths in which the race was substantiated, 84 were African-American (62.2 percent)

• 40-49 – Out of the 309 confirmed deaths in which the race was substantiated, 178 were African-American (57.6 percent)

• 50-59 – Out of the 766 confirmed deaths in which the race was substantiated, 377 were African-American (49.21 percent)

• 60-69 – Out of the 1,625 confirmed deaths in which the race was substantiated, 818 were African-American (50.33 percent)

In terms of 70-plus, however, the percentage of deaths are more proportional to Georgia’s overall demographics. Out of the 5,234 COVID-19 deaths in which the race was substantiated, a total of 1,881 were African-American (34.4).

Based on the fact that the large majority of COVID-19 deaths in Georgia have occurred in the 70-plus age range, this brings the overall African American percentage back down to less than half (45.7 percent), which is still disproportionately high, however.