Maharath Urges Action as Covid-19 Cases Rise to Record Numbers
November 16, 2020
Today, State Senator Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) urged Gov. DeWine’s administration to implement all of the recommendations issued by the Covid-19 Ohio Minority Health Strike Force Blueprint in August.
“As coronavirus cases spike all across Ohio, it is our minority communities that take the heaviest toll,” said Maharath. “The Ohio Minority Health Strike Force issued 34 recommendations to address disparities in coronavirus and other health outcomes in minority communities, and while the Governor’s Plan of Action to Advance Equity is a good first step, it falls short of the bold steps urgently needed to address racial health disparities as coronavirus kills more Ohioans every day.”
Covid-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color in Ohio. While about 14% of Ohio’s population is Black, Black Ohioans have accounted for 25% of cases, 32% of hospitalizations and 19% of deaths due to Covid-19 in Ohio. Ohio reported over 8,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for the first time last week, and this new surge is likely to disproportionately affect minority communities. Senate Bill 88, which would require health care workers in Ohio to complete cultural competency training, would help address these disparities and fulfill one of the recommendations of the Ohio Minority Health Strike Force Blueprint.
“It is more important than ever that we address the disparities in health outcomes among our minority communities,” said Maharath. “The longer we wait to address these disparities, the more Ohioans will get sick.”