African Americans hit hard by COVID-19

In Chicago, African Americans comprise 30% of the population but account for a staggering 72% of deaths.
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Of course the toll on workers in this country still showing up at great risk. The grocery store worker who has died. Matt Gutman on the workers risking their lives every day. Reporter: Leilani Jordan was a worker. She was only 27. When she coded in the hospital, she coded in my arms. When she flatlined, she flatlined in my arms. Reporter: African-Americans being hit disproportionately hard by the virus. In Chicago, they comprise 30% of the population but account for a staggering 72% of deaths. The African-American kbhunt community, it's a tremendous challenge. It's terrible. Reporter: In Michigan, health care workers slammed by a wave of infection. These workers claim they were sent home after refusing to work without safety measures. We basically were told to leave because we refuse to accept unsafe standards and the unsafe patient load. 25 patients to one nurse. Reporter: One hospital system in the state reporting 1,500 health care workers have symptoms. The hospital says they don't have enough tests. Across the country, private clinics like this California urgent care trying to increase those numbers. Right now, we know that we're undertesting. We don't know the extent of the disease and I think that understanding the disease pattern will help us understand when we can begin to resume normal life. Tonight, the mother is pleading for more protection for essential workers. Protect the people that are vulnerable, the people that take the trash out. Protect the garbagemen, the recycle men, the people in the dollar store, in Home Depot. Protect the low workers. It is such an important message tonight, Matt, that when we do go out to the grocery stores, pharmacies, the places where the essential workers are going to work, we need to keep our distance. We have to protect the workers. I know grocery stores around the country are trying to put in some social distancing rules to protect workers going forward. Reporter: They are. Big stores, too, like Walmart, only allowing 20% of its usual occupancy into stores. Other places like whole foods putting up plastic barriers between customers. We can do more, like wearing masks. The mother called her daughter her butterfly. David? Matt, thank you. And Matt and all of our reporters are wearing masks when not on the air. Andhe acting secretary of the Navy who called the Navy

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