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Vulnerability, Inequity, and COVID-19: A Portrait of the Pandemic in Allegheny County Tracking Evolving Disparities in Testing, Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths, and the Ability to Practice Physical Distancing   [open html - 0B]

From the Preface: "Although coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has touched every community in the United States, certain geographic areas and populations have been affected more than others. To examine vulnerability to COVID-19 and the pandemic's impacts within a specific community, the RAND Corporation, the Black Equity Coalition, and Surgo Ventures partnered to consider disparities in Allegheny County in southwest Pennsylvania. Allegheny County, which is home to the city of Pittsburgh, is representative of many of the challenges faced throughout the country in combating the coronavirus. The Allegheny County Health Department offers granular, public data describing how testing, cases, and deaths have been distributed across neighborhoods and populations. When we combine this data with Surgo Ventures' COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (CCVI), a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resource that identifies communities that are most in need of support during the pandemic, we explore how COVID-19 testing, cases, and deaths have played out on a local scale throughout the pandemic. Additionally, we use other publicly available data resources, such as measures of physical distancing, to explore potential drivers of the spread of COVID-19. The results of these analyses describe lessons learned and aim to inform individual and policymaker efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the late winter and spring months of 2021, prior to widespread vaccine dissemination."

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RAND TL-A1080-1
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2021
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2021 RAND Corporation
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