Hispanics Hit Hard With COVID-19 in Yakima County
The Yakima Health District continues to report COVID-19 test results by patient ethnicity for those who have reported their race/ethnicity. The most recent case counts on the Yakima Health District web site show 671 Hispanics have tested positive for the virus or 61%. That's the largest percentage reported. The next largest is Whites at 344 COVID-19 cases or 31%.
Last week the Chelan-Douglas Health District stopped releasing ethnic numbers after getting complaints from members of the Hispanic community. But the district has reversed itself and is now releasing the ethnicity associated with COVID-19 numbers saying it's important to understand the difference in cases.
Yakima Health officials say they haven't seen any of those concerns and they continue to report race/ethnicity numbers.