Data is often not collected about Black communities when it’s needed the most. We have compiled all of the states that have shared data on COVID-19 infections and deaths by race and the states that have not. Please note that many of these states may have underreported COVID-19 deaths due to the fact that many Black communities have not had access to testing. We must also be mindful of the possibilities of over-reporting while interpreting these data.
We will be making demands of states to make COVID-19 race data public. In the meantime, data activists can combine existing data on the racial makeup of counties & census tracts with infection and death rates to better understand the impact on areas where Black people live. Some counties and cities have already included race as well as gender and age data even though these data are not being reported at the state level. We will be updating the list on this spreadsheet.
To fill in the gaps of this data, we are also sharing requests for community data needs. We are collecting data on the experiences of Black Healthcare Workers and amplifying efforts by Buzzfeed to collect stories of Black people who have been impacted. Need support with data collection and analysis? Please submit a request and we will amplify it on the call.
For more information: http://d4bl.org/
Access the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ljIxjdEFZy7TBQMvImmwFcBzzMCJapejp6FBsK3U2i0/edit#gid=0