Thursday, May 12, 2022

Report: COVID death rate soared in low-income counties

From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

It’s long been clear that low-income communities have suffered disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recently released report, the Poor People’s Campaign puts numbers and faces on that abstraction with a look at how the pandemic impacted counties across the nation, particularly the 300 with high COVID death rates as well as high percentages of poverty. Spotlight spoke with Shailly Barnes, Policy Director for the Kairos Center and the Poor People’s Campaign, about the report, which was a partnership between the Poor People’s Campaign, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Kairos Center, Repairers of the Breach, and Howard University. 

See the transcript of the conversation here. It has been lightly edited for length and clarity.