Source: Greensboro News & Record

Governor Cooper announced the creation of a state commission to address socioeconomic and health disparities for African Americans and Latinos in North Carolina, the News & Record reports.

The executive order creates a task force that will be headed by state Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders. The group will collect information and study how best to address health care access issues, economic opportunities for minority-owned businesses, education and environmental justice, according to the News & Record.

Black North Carolinians represent 22% of the state’s population but account for 30% of positive cases and over one-third of deaths. The numbers for the Hispanic community are stark as well, the News & Record reports

“These statistics are alarming and they’re not acceptable,” Cooper said. “This virus is exploiting these inequalities. It’s up to us to do something about it.”

Secretary Sanders added that the task force would look to provide “alternative solutions to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 and other economic, health and equity issues on vulnerable populations,” the News & Record reported.

Read the full story on Governor Cooper’s new taskforce from the News & Record.