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42 Percent Of All Native American COVID-19 Cases In State Were Reported In September


October 1, 2020

More than 350 people showed up to get tested for COVID-19 as part of a Wisconsin National Guard testing event in Red Cliff on June 12, 2020. Danielle Kaeding/WPR

State health data shows over 40 percent of all COVID-19 cases among Native Americans in Wisconsin have been reported in September, as the state continues to see the highest level of new cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has recorded 571 cases among American Indian residents in September as of Tuesday, which accounts for 42 percent of the overall 1,346 cases confirmed since March. The state has now recorded more cases among Native Americans this month than it did in the first four months of the pandemic.

Native Americans make up about 1 percent of Wisconsin's population and COVID-19 cases statewide.


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