American Indians & Alaska Natives Are At Greater Risk Of COVID-19

American Indians and Alaska Natives have a COVID-19 infection rate that's 3.5 times higher than white people, according to the Centers F...

American Indians and Alaska Natives have a COVID-19 infection rate that's 3.5 times higher than white people, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Younger Native people are also more likely to have the coronavirus.

Nunivak Island Children. (Photo, Edward Curtis)
According to Indian Country Today, some researchers think that Native Americans are up to 6 times more likely to be infected.

Fewer than 1% of all Americans are Native Americans at this time.

Some states are known for their Native American populations.

In Alaska, 14.6% percent of everyone in the state (14 out of every 100 people) are Native Americans. There are more Native Americans in Alaska, per capita, than anywhere in the United States.

Arizona is considered to have a significant population, but it's only 4.6% Native American. Colorado is 1.1%. Montana, another state that's considered heavily Native American runs 6.3%. New Mexico, which is well known for its Native population,  is under 10% Native American. North Dakota is 5.4%, and South Dakota is 8.8%. Oklahoma, another big state, known for its Native population is 8.6% Native. Utah, which holds part of the Navajo Reservation is 1.2%

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