We want to share an important COVID-19 statistic with you: After adjusting for age, Black people are about twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as their White counterparts. (Kaiser Family Foundation, Feb. 22, 2022)

Why is it that a Black person is two times as vulnerable as a white person? The pandemic may have presented us with a stark example of the problem – but, to get to the root of it, we have to go back a lot further. Inequities in health and health care have plagued vulnerable communities for a long time; COVID-19 just adds another layer of complication.

Taking care of yourself is taking care of the people around you. 


COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Each vaccine protects against severe illness, hospitalization and death.

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Look for the Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Fever Chills
  • Cough
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches

Head straight to emergency if you or anyone else is showing signs of the following:

  • Trouble breathing
  • New confusion
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.
  • Inability to wake or stay awake

Call your medical provider immediately and seek emergency care.

The CDC has the latest updates and Covid symptoms.

Testing for COVID-19

If you think you have COVID-19, you can take an "at- home-test."

Order free at home test kits. 

Learn more about testing.