Comagine Health’s Analysis Shows Stark Disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native Communities during COVID-19

Comagine Health recent analyses of multiple health data sources showed the impact of the coronavirus on communities with higher proportions of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) residents.

Comagine Health aggregated and analyzed data from multiple sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, USAFacts, Definitive Healthcare and the Indian Health Service revealed that communities with higher concentrations of American Indian and Alaska Native individuals have:

  • Higher COVID-19 case and death rates;
  • Faster increase in COVID-19 case and death rates.

One example of a striking disparity is the number of hospital beds as the analysis shows. The Indian Health System (IHS), the major health care provider for Native Americans, is likely to struggle to keep up with the need for hospital beds and critical care. IHS hospitals have on average just 33.7 staffed beds compared to 128.2 in other health systems as well as fewer ICU beds — 6.5 versus 14.1.

Read more about Comagine Health’s analysis: https://comagine.org/article/stark-disparities-evident-covid-19-pandemic-among-american-indian-and-alaska-native

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