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COVID-19 is affecting people of color the most. We’re tracking the data in real time.

The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. Together, we're gathering the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the US anywhere.

We’ve lost at least 15,517 Black lives in the pandemic so far. That’s 2.3 times more than expected, based on population.

We’ve asked every state to report complete race and ethnicity data. Our Racial Data Dashboard has the latest.

States reporting racial and ethnic data

46 states
Reporting positive cases
41 states
Reporting deaths

Tracking inequity at the county level

State-level stats tell part of the story, but many US states are also deeply segregated—meaning different counties in the same state can have wildly different racial or ethnic breakdowns.

Race and ethnicity data for COVID cases isn't widely available at the county level, so we're using two numbers we do have: infection and death rates for each county, from a New York Times dataset, paired with the Census Bureau's 2018 ACS 5-Year estimates for race and ethnicity breakdowns in that county. The results are staggering.

Counties with the 20 highest infection rates

This chart shows the 20 counties with the highest level of infections per capita, and the largest racial or ethnic group in that county. White people represent the largest racial group in most of these counties. This is in line with Census statistics, which show that more than 60 percent of Americans are White, non-Hispanic or Latino.

Counties with the 20 highest death rates

When we look at the 20 counties with the highest level of deaths per capita, we see a different story. In eight of these 20 counties, Black people represent the largest racial group—and glaringly, the counties with the three highest death rates in the nation are all predominantly Black.

Learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting communities of color from media outlets across the country.