After examining data related to coronavirus infections and death rates from COVID-19 throughout the state, Governor John Bel Edwards and other state health officials on Monday noted an alarming and unexpected high death rate in the African-American community.
According to the data, seven out of ten victims of COVID-19 have been African-Americans although only 33% of the state is black.
Although diabetes and obesity have also been associated with many of the victims, the largest underlying common health factor is hypertension, the governor added.
Statewide 16,284confirmed cases of COVID-19 have resulted in 582 deaths.
The latest grim figures confirm New Orleans as the center of the most infections with 4,565 confirmed cases and 171 deaths. Nearby Jefferson Parish has registered 132 deaths from 3,530 cases.