07/06/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/06/2020 21:35
Of those who have tested positive, there is a greater percentage of Black people hospitalized. Blacks make up 13-14 percent of the Ohio population, yet 26 percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 are Black. Earlier this year, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine formed the Minority Health Strike Force to develop specific recommendations focused on how communities of color are more likely to have underlying health conditions, less access to healthcare, and discrimination when accessing healthcare.
The Cincinnati Health Department has been aggressively working with local Federally Qualified Health Centers and businesses to increase testing throughout the city's underserved populations. The health department has also strongly encourages that during this critical time everyone should be doing everything possible to protect themselves and others. People are urged that if you have close contact with someone who is diagnosed with Covid19, monitor yourself for symptoms. If tested, people should selfquarantine after you have been tested until your test results are returned. Avoid traveling to hot spots in other areas of the country. Avoid mass gatherings. Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
Cincinnati and Hamilton County Community Health Centers have been collaboratively offering free COVID-19 testing in the West End over the past two weeks. Thanks to a partnership between CHD, Cincinnati Health Network, Crossroad Health Center, The HealthCare Connection and WinMed Health Services, 782 people were tested in the first week, and 94 people tested positive. In the second week, 1,944 antigen tests were done and 181 were positive.