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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 13, 2020

How Workplace COVID-19 Outbreaks Affect Workers of Color

JAMA. 2020;324(14):1387. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.18607

Almost three-quarters of the people in Utah who acquired coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at work earlier this year were Hispanic or non-White, even though they make up only about a quarter of the state’s workforce, according to a recent analysis.

Investigators examined the state’s workplace-associated outbreaks that occurred between March 6 and June 5 to assess which industries and workers were most heavily affected. Outbreaks associated with health care, educational, or congregate living settings such as prisons were excluded. The data showed that 58% of cases linked to workplace outbreaks occurred in 3 industries: manufacturing, construction, and wholesale trade.