Inadequate housing, lack of transportation, financial woes, discrimination, and violence have plagued these impoverished places for generations, fueling increased stresses on health.
In Holmes County, Mississippi, the COVID-19 infection rate is more than three times the national average. “We were already off the cliff with no safety net,” said the Holmes County supervisor. “Then COVID came.”
Marcy Mills' 81-year-old father, Albert Bender Jr., a crash firefighter in the Navy, was one of 13 residents at the Mississippi State Veterans home in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to die after testing positive for COVID-19.