A third Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy dies of COVID-19

West Palm Beach, FL, September 15, 2020. Angela Chavers is the third Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy died from the Coronavirus since April 2020. Ms. Chavers, 44, passed on Saturday, September 12, 2020 after battling the deadly virus. She had worked for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years, according to a tweet published by the PBSO.

Before deputy sheriff Chavers, Jose Diaz Ayala who had also worked as a corrections deputy for the PBSO died of COVID-19 on April 4, 2020. Last August, deputy sheriff Maurice Ford, 50, has also died as a result of Coronavirus complications. Mr. Ford and Ms. Chavers were both African Americans.

Data from the New York times and ProPublica show that African American and Latino account for the most deaths related of Covid-19 nationwide. The rationale behind the high prevalence of Covid-19 among people of color can be a result of racism and unequal access to healthy environments, opportunities, and resources needed for good health in communities of color.

The lack of resources and health insurance for people living black and latino communities can make it harder to prevent and control chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes, which make them more vulnerable to contract and die from COVID-19.

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