Residents in eight states have a higher risk of dying from coronavirus compared to the rest of the country, according to a new geospatial analysis by the University of Cincinnati. Likewise, those living in some rural counties in Ohio also face higher risks than other Ohioans based on infection rates and the availability of critical-care resources.
The Geospatial Health Advising Group submitted a new public health policy brief this week to the Ohio Department of Health. Researchers found that the virus is having a disparate impact across the United States. Some people face a much higher risk of dying from the virus than others based simply on where they live.
Nationally, residents in eight states face a higher than average risk of dying from COVID-19: Indiana, Michigan, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Louisiana, New Jersey and Washington.
“Overall, we found that COVID-19 related risk is not the same everywhere,” said Diego Cuadros, assistant professor of geography in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is director of UC’s Health Geography and Disease Modeling Laboratory.
“Most counties with high COVID-19-related mortality risk had middle-to-low critical-care capacity,” he said.