Covidiot Shirt. For the first time, Ferrer today briefly analyzed local COVID-19 deaths by race and ethnicity. Of 93 deaths with such information, Ferrer said 28% of the deaths were Latinos, 27% were white, 19% were Asian, 17% were African-American and 9% were other people. However, she noted that officials had no racial or ethnic information for 43% of L.A county residents who died of a virus.When we look at this information by the total population of each group, African-Americans have slightly higher mortality rates than other races and ethnicities, Ferr Ferrer said, and we will follow up. more carefully as we gather more information about the remaining 43% of those who have died. Ferrer encourages suppliers, facilities and laboratories to collect and report racial and ethnic data so we can better understand the burden of disease across different populations.