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2020 Publication Archive

Donahue Data Dash: Linking COVID-19 cases with race, housing and socioeconomic status in Massachusetts spotlights inequalities

Crises like the COVID-19 outbreak shine a light on existing inequalities. While much of the discourse around the coronavirus focuses on “at-risk” populations, such as individuals with pre-existing conditions or the elderly, researchers are also highlighting the relationship between demographic and socioeconomic characteristics and COVID-19.  While virtually every community in the Commonwealth has been impacted by COVID-19, we see notable concentrations in urban areas, particularly Gateway Cities, around the state.  The following visualizations examine known positive testing rates and other key characteristics in the 100 largest communities around Massachusetts.  While available data remain imperfect, our analysis show clear relationships between race, income, and socioeconomic status and the known cases of COVID-19 around Massachusetts.

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