WAFOOD Brief 6 – Mapping COVID-19 Risk Factors by King County ZIP Codes

Published October 30, 2020, this brief points to underlying links between pre-existing economic disparities, obesity, food insecurity, and COVID-19 risk across King County (KC) ZIP codes.

Using ZIP code-level data from the WAFOOD survey, King County Tax Accessor, and Public Health Seattle-King County, this brief provides shows that the rate of COVID-19 confirmed cases (positivity) vary by ZIP code and area deprivation. In addition, this brief shows that prevalent obesity, comorbid condition, food insecurity, as well as underlying area-level socio-demographic factors may contribute to COVID-19 risk.

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Publication Date: October 30, 2020

Author(s): The WAFOOD survey was a joint effort between the UW and WSU with collaboration from Tacoma Community College (TCC). Adam Drewnowski is the Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition and a Professor in Epidemiology at UWSPH. Jennifer J. Otten is the Food Systems Director and an Associate Professor in Nutritional Sciences and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) at UWSPH. Laura R. Lewis is the Director of the Food Systems Program and an Associate Professor in Community and Economic Development at WSU. Sarah M. Collier is an Assistant Professor in Nutritional Sciences and DEOHS at UWSPH. Brinda Sivaramakrishnan is a Professor of Community Health at TCC. Chelsea M. Rose is a Research Coordinator in Epidemiology at UWSPH. Alan Ismach is a Research Coordinator in Health Services at UWSPH. Esther Nguyen is a Research Assistant at UWSPH. James Buszkiewicz is a Research Scientist in Epidemiology at UWSPH.

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