DC COVID-19 Cases by Poverty and Income – March 31, 2020

The District of Columbia is now reporting the number of positive COVID-19 cases by each of DC’s 8 wards.  The plots below show the relationship of the number of positive cases per 1000 people in each ward to the % of the ward below poverty and the median household income in the ward.  The data are from March 31, 2020.

Wards with 1) lower poverty and 2) higher household income have more positive COVID-19 cases per 1000 people.  Since positive cases are a direct function of the number of tests performed, does this mean that more tests are being performed in higher income wards than in lower income wards?

Cases and % Below Poverty

The number of positive COVID-19 cases per 1000 people in each DC ward is negatively related to the % the ward below poverty (correlation = -.58).  Circles represent each of the 8 DC wards.  Circles are labelled by ward number.

 

DC COVID-19 Cases by Poverty March 31 2020

 

Cases and Median Household Income

The number of positive COVID-19 cases per 1000 people in each DC ward is positively related to the median household income of the ward (correlation = .44).  Circles represent each of the 8 DC wards. Circles are labelled by ward number.

 

DC COVID-19 Cases by Median Income March 31 2020

Data sources

Prepared by Thomas P. Novak, Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Marketing, George Washington University, Washington DC.   novak@gwu.edu | http://postsocial.gwu.edu

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