. Expanding beyond the ‘other’ box for Pacific Islanders « JO LEE MAGAZINE

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY – A few months into the pandemic, data showed Pacific Islanders suffered the highest infection rates in Hawaii. But what early numbers didn’t publicly show was which Pacific Islanders in the diverse identification category — which includes people with ethnic roots in Samoa, Micronesia and other islands but excludes Native Hawaiians — were affected the most. In August 2020, when Hawaii recorded its greatest number of cases, people who identify as Pacific Islander represented 24 percent of all COVID-19 cases but accounted for just 4 percent of the state’s population, according to a report by the state Department of Health with academic and community groups.

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