Charlotte makes NYT front page on coronavirus

NYT front-page, above the fold headline:

Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States

Three graphs down (empahsis mine):

There is Donnie Hoover, a judge from Charlotte, N.C., who could not shake a dry cough that arrived in March. On the South Side of Chicago, LaShawn Levi, a medical assistant who rides the bus to work each day, turned to tea and cough syrup — “everything your grandma taught you” — to treat a headache and a cough. And in Detroit, Glenn Tolbert, a union leader for city bus drivers, was coughing so much that he got tested.

From the jump:

In Mecklenburg County, N.C., where black residents are overrepresented in the number of positive tests, George Dunlap, the chairman of the county commission, said he was skeptical of the data. He said he believed that African-Americans in that county, which includes Charlotte, were overrepresented because the group was being tested at a higher rate, according to information he said he received from county health officials.

But North Carolina’s top health official said the disparities aligned with historical trends.

“This current crisis lays out what we have known for a long time, which is that your ZIP code is often a determinant of your health outcome,” said Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Judge Hoover, the Mecklenburg County Superior Court judge who has tested positive for the virus, is 70. His wife, Josephine, has also tested positive. He was receiving chemotherapy for multiple myeloma and she has diabetes, underlying medical issues that put them at higher risk of severe illness.

While Judge Hoover recuperated in their condominium in downtown Charlotte, Ms. Hoover, a retired math teacher, was hospitalized for two weeks. Even now, they are staying at least six feet apart in their home.

“I am assuming that I picked it up in the courthouse and gave it to her,” he said. “We were so scared. And we are still scared because we do not know for sure if we are out of the woods.”

speaking of Secretary Cohen, DHHS announced yesterday it “will provide financial aid to essential workers seeking child care, and will also give bonuses to child care staff serving those workers during the COVID-19 crisis,” according to the News & Observer.

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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