September 7, 2021

Regenstrief Study: Black And Rural Hoosiers Hit Hardest By COVID-19 In Hospitalizations And Deaths

Courtesy of the Regenstrief Institute

Courtesy of the Regenstrief Institute

A study published by Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis shows that Black and rural communities were disproportionately affected by the pandemic in 2020. 

The study is largest of its kind, taking data from 1.8 million Hoosiers tested for COVID-19 between March 2020 and December 2020. 

Brian Dixon is a research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute and led the study. He said in terms of deaths rural areas were hit the hardest, while in terms of hospitalizations, Black and brown Hoosiers were most affected. 

“And we’re seeing now, other communities, particularly rural communities where there isn’t a lot of uptake in the vaccine be hit hard by the delta variant,” Dixon said. 

According to the study, rural areas saw about 172 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 while urban areas saw nearly 157.

Black Indiana residents were hospitalized at a rate of about 1,107 per 100,000 compared to white resident’s rate of about 557 per 100,000.

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