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All Coronavirus Deaths in the City of St. Louis Have Been African Americans So Far

April 11, 2020

Dr. Fredrick Echols, Director of the St. Louis Department of Health, has confirmed that as of April 8th, all 12 COVID-19 deaths in the city of St. Louis, Missouri were African Americans. This is the first major city in the United States to report such a statistic.

The information was revealed in an exclusive op-ed he wrote published by the St. Louis American. Dr. Echols, who is a medical doctor and just 37-years old, wrote: “Many of the pre-existing conditions that make the coronavirus more dangerous for some people — like heart conditions and diabetes — disproportionately affect the Black community. This is why everyone in the City of St. Louis — especially African Americans — must take precautions against spreading this disease.”

In his op-ed, he also confirmed that the city has two appointment-only COVID-19 testing sites – one in North St. Louis, at 2425 N. Whittier Strett and the other at the 5471 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. location. The city also has a mobile testing site at 1717 Biddle Street, but patients must call first to register before arriving.

Read more at BlackNews.com.

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