Nearly every person who died of COVID-19 in D.C. since June was a Black resident, according to an analysis of DC Health data by DCCovid.com.
Of the 50 people who died of the virus since June, 49 were Black. Sixty percent of those deaths occurred in just two wards: Wards 7 and 8.
The grim numbers coincide with a dramatic rise in cases due to the Delta variant and the latest peak in infections, which came on Sept. 17 in the District. Case numbers generally have been trending downward since then, though the city is still facing high levels of community spread and case counts that are 11 times higher the lowest point in the pandemic, which occurred in mid-June.
The death data from the summer and early fall are yet another indicator of a tragically familiar story of severe racial disparities in healthcare access, quality of life, working conditions, and housing, resulting in a wildly unequal pandemic.
From its earliest days, the coronavirus hit Black people and neighborhoods in the District the hardest, and the pattern has not changed since.