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SARS-CoV-2 Positivity Rate for Latinos in the Baltimore–Washington, DC Region

Educational Objective
To understand the COVID-19 positivity rates among Latinos in the Baltimore-Washington DC region
1 Credit CME

The black community has been disproportionally affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the US.1 Emerging data highlight sharp increases in cases within the Latino community.1,2 We analyzed temporal trends in positivity rates for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in the Baltimore–Washington, DC region by race/ethnicity.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Diego A. Martinez, PhD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 5801 Smith Ave, Davis Bldg, Ste 3220, Baltimore, MD 21209 (dmart101@jhmi.edu).

Accepted for Publication: June 10, 2020.

Published Online: June 18, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.11374

Author Contributions: Dr Klein had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Concept and design: All authors.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Martinez, Hinson, Klein, Saheed, Page, Levin.

Drafting of the manuscript: Martinez, Hinson, Klein, Irvin, Saheed, Levin.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.

Statistical analysis: Martinez, Klein, Levin.

Obtained funding: Klein, Levin.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Hinson, Irvin, Saheed.

Supervision: Hinson, Klein, Saheed, Levin.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Martinez reported receiving grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and personal fees from the Johns Hopkins Health System during the conduct of the study. Drs Hinson and Levin reported receiving grants from AHRQ during the conduct of the study. Dr Klein reported receiving grants from the CDC during the conduct of the study. No other disclosures were reported.

References
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Yancy  CW .  COVID-19 and African Americans.   JAMA. Published online April 15, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.6548 PubMedGoogle Scholar
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US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. Profile: Hispanic/Latino Americans. Posted August 22, 2019. Accessed June 6, 2020. https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=3&lvlid=64
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Health insurance historical tables: HIC series. US Census Bureau. Posted September 26, 2019. Accessed June 6, 2020. https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/health-insurance/historical-series/hic.html
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Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Job Flexibilities and Work Schedules—2017-2018 Data From the American Time Use Survey. US Dept of Labor; 2019:32.
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Page  KR , Venkataramani  M , Beyrer  C , Polk  S .  Undocumented U.S. immigrants and Covid-19.   N Engl J Med. 2020;382(21):e62. doi:10.1056/NEJMp2005953PubMedGoogle Scholar
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