People in southern Dallas are more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19 than elsewhere in Dallas, according to new research from UT Health.
Researchers used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the CDC to identify neighborhoods where people are more likely to have risk factors for hospitalization and critical care.
Neighborhoods with higher poverty and fewer resources are most at risk. Most of them are South of Interstate 30 and east of Interstate 35. That includes Cedar Crest, the Oak Cliff neighborhood, in ZIP code 75216, where the number of cases, currently between 42 and 55, has been consistently higher than most other neighborhoods.
From the report:
The analysis shows that the areas of Dallas with the greatest concentrations of residents at risk for severe illness from COVID-19, which are shaded in red, are primarily located in neighborhoods south of Interstate 30 and east of Interstate 35. These include portions of Oak Cliff, Cedar Crest, and South Dallas. West Dallas also has a high concentration of residents at risk for severe illness. Underlying health conditions that increase the likelihood of developing a severe case of COVID-19 include heart disease, history of stroke, obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, diabetes, and kidney disease.