Coronavirus in Mississippi exposes ‘underbelly of poverty and inequality’

The first plague hit long before the second one struck this year. “The COVID-19 pandemic is pulling the lid off conditions that we have not addressed for generations,” said Bill Bynum, CEO of Hope Credit Union, which serves low-income communities in Mississippi. “These rural and high-poverty areas are being hit harder, because they’re so much more fragile.” Data analysis by the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting shows that coronavirus deaths are twice as high per capita in Mississippi’s poorest counties. The Clarion Ledger, Read More.

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