Louisiana data: Virus hits blacks, people with hypertension

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is releasing more information about its coronavirus deaths that shows the virus’s victims are disproportionately black and two-thirds of those who have died suffered with high blood pressure.

The new data is being released by Louisiana’s health department. It gives a glimpse of who is most at risk of dying from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus in a state deemed one of the nation’s most unhealthy.

African Americans account for one-third of Louisiana’s population. But they represent more than 70% of the state’s deaths from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus.

Hypertension is the leading underlying health condition for those who have died. 

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