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North Carolina says it's prepared to respond to coronavirus outbreaks from protests

Added 06-03-20 11:23:02am EST - “Protests over the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis could serve as a hotbed for additional COVID-19 cases and decrease the odds for vulnerable communities in North Carolina, according to research and data.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “North Carolina says it's prepared to respond to coronavirus outbreaks from protests”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Protests over the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis could serve as a hotbed for additional COVID-19 cases and decrease the odds for vulnerable communities in North Carolina, according to research and data.

Although it is too early to tell, the state's top public health official, Dr. Mandy Cohen, said North Carolina is in a good position to respond to any outbreaks that stem from the demonstrations.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) made an open call Monday for vendors to partner with the state to increase testing and tracing efforts in historically marginalized communities.

In North Carolina, African Americans make up about 22 percent of the population, but account for 34 percent of COVID-19 deaths.

Cohen, NCDHHS secretary, said higher poor health outcomes in African Americans are a result of "structural racism."

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