74% of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are white, but officials following demographic data


Major cities like Chicago, New York, Detroit, Milwaukee and New Orleans are reporting an "overwhelming number" of African-American residents making up COVID-19 deaths.

Minnesota does not look that way, but health officials say it’s an important piece of data to study.

Commissioner Jan Malcolm says underlying health conditions and access to healthcare statistically affect communities of color disproportionately.

“Given the relationship between risks of more severe disease and chronic underlying health conditions, just the fact that we know from some of our other health disparity data the disproportionate burden of some of those chronic diseases on populations of color, American Indian,” Malcolm said. 

Six deaths in Minnesota were not self-reported.