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Missouri releases racial data on COVID-19 patients as cases surpass 3,500, 80 deaths

According to the state's data, black people account for 25% of the cases in Missouri despite only accounting for about 11% of the population

MISSOURI, USA — Missouri has more than 3,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday and reported information based on race for the first time.

According to numbers published by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Thursday, 3,539 people have tested positive and 77 people have died. Those numbers don't include 12 deaths and more than 100 cases in the St. Louis area.

St. Louis County has the highest number of cases and deaths. The state health department said the county has 1,393 cases, up 56 cases from the county's update earlier in the day. The county and the state are both reporting 28 deaths in St. Louis County. St. Louis County reported two new deaths Thursday.

The state is now reporting cases by race. According to the state data, white people account for 33% of cases and 47% of deaths, black people account for 25% of cases and 18% of deaths. According to state data, 36% of the cases and 31% of the deaths are of unknown race. 

According to the 2010 census, 11.6% of the population in Missouri is black, and 82.8% is white.

Cases by race

Credit: Missouri DHSS

Deaths by race

Credit: Missouri DHSS

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The age breakdown for the state-reported cases is as follows:

  • Under 20    81
  • 20-24    230
  • 25-29    244
  • 30-34    224
  • 35-39    223
  • 40-44    263
  • 45-49    301
  • 50-54    358
  • 55-59    386
  • 60-64    360
  • 65-69    283
  • 70-74    212
  • 75-79    139
  • 80+    232

The age breakdown for state-reported deaths is as follows:

  • Under 20    0
  • 20-29    0
  • 30-39    1
  • 40-49    1
  • 50-59    5
  • 60-69    10
  • 70-79    19
  • 80+    22

For a full county-by-county breakdown, use our interactive map:

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