Community Resiliency and Recovery Overview
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, we must help every Minnesotan navigate this challenging time. We are focused on prioritizing the safety of our most vulnerable workers, families, and communities.
We know that systemic disparities impact communities of color and Indigenous communities, including immigrants and refugees, making these groups more vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. People of color, Indigenous people, immigrants, and refugees are more susceptible to get infected, and more susceptible to die from COVID-19. These groups have increased exposure to the virus because of higher rates of work in low-paying jobs, now considered essential. People of color and Indigenous people also have a substantially higher rate of health inequities and underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, severe asthma, and obesity.
Additionally, we see evidence that communities of color and Indigenous communities will be more deeply impacted financially due to COVID-19. The unemployment rate for people of color and Indigenous people is more than double that of white Minnesotans, and the unemployment rate for Black Minnesotans is the highest it’s ever been in history. We are carefully monitoring these impacts and taking action to protect the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities in Minnesota.