Chicago mayor: Virus deaths in black community 'devastating'
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces the "We Are Not Playing" campaign during a press conference at Soldier Field, Monday morning, April 6, 2020, in Chicago. The city is launching a health campaign focused on the city's black and brown communities, following a media report highlighting the disproportionate number of black residents among those who have died of COVID-19 complications in the city. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
The Associated Press
Posted at 4:31 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated2020-04-06 16:31:19-04
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor says the city is launching a health campaign focused on black and brown communities.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's comments Monday follow a WBEZ report highlighting the disproportionate number of black residents among those who have died of COVID-19 complications in the city.
Lightfoot called the radio station's finding that 70% of recorded deaths due to the coronavirus in the city were black residents "devastating."
The report said black residents make up 29% of the city's population.
Lightfoot noted that black and brown communities' access to healthcare has been unequal for decades.
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