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States Respond to COVID-19: Health Disparities, State Policy Impact

On June 14, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill requiring the state health department to conduct a study on the health impact of COVID-19 on minority populations.

The legislation requires the state to identify statewide and regional rates of infection, hospitalization, recovery, and mortality, as well as racial and ethnic disparities in such rates and system-related factors that could contribute to such disparities. The study also will examine racial and ethnic disparities by geographic area. The state will use this data to determine whether there is a need to increase health care access in certain areas, and to identify ways to reduce or eliminate racial and ethnic disparities that contributed to COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, recovery, and mortality rates.

The release of study findings and a summary report are required one year after the effective date of the act.

Impact of State Policies on COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

A new data and visualization tool released by John Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center provides insight on the impact of state stay-at-home and recovery policies across the U.S.

Users can see whether COVID-19 cases and deaths are increasing, decreasing, or remaining constant in each state, providing insight into the impact of closures and highlighting spikes associated with state-level recovery plans. The data could help inform state policy decisions going forward.

We encourage all members to visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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