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AP among first to examine racial disparities of COVID-19

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An MTA subway worker wears a mask at the Grand Army Plaza station in the Brooklyn borough of New York, April 7, 2020. – AP Photo / Frank Franklin II

An AP national team requested data on racial breakdowns for the COVID-19 disease in states, cities and counties nationwide, ultimately analyzing data from eight states, six major U.S. cities and six of Florida’s largest counties. The result was one of the first efforts to examine the racial disparities of U.S. cases and deaths, reviewing more than 4,450 deaths and 52,000 COVID-19 cases across the country.

AP Managing Editor Brian Carovillano said the story was “better than anything else out there so far on this subject – more deeply reported, full of exclusive details, and really well told.”

The team included: Jay Reeves, correspondent, Birmingham, Alabama; Josh Hoffner, national beats news editor, Phoenix; Aaron Morrison, newsperson, New York; Sophia Tareen, newsperson, Chicago; Charles Rex Arbogast, photographer, Chicago; Washington newspersons Deb Riechmann and Ashraf Khalil; and New York photographers Bebeto Matthews and Frank Franklin. https://bit.ly/2Xy7TSO

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Erica Harris, right, and her daughter Jordan wear protective masks as they walk home after getting a lunch and homework from Jordan’s school on Chicago’s Southside in Chicago, April 7, 2020. – AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast
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