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More Than One-Third COVID-19 Deaths In Montana Were Native Americans

Jul 2, 2020
Originally published on October 3, 2020 12:42 pm

The most recent data analysis this week by Montana’s Department of Health and Human Services revealed more about COVID-19’s impact on Native Americans. 

New analysis from the state health department shows Native Americans account for less than 7 percent of Montana’s population but were 36 percent of the 22 people who had died from Covid-19.

The report from Montana’s Department of Health and Human Services also found that Native Americans represent 15 percent of the state’s total cases, more than double their representation in Montana’s population.

Public health experts have said that multigenerational housing and underlying health conditions can contribute to higher rates of infection and mortality from Covid-19 among Indigenous people.

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