The study confirms earlier findings about the relationship between race and the pandemic, which has killed more than 174,000 people in the U.S. A study in June found that African-Americans and Latinos accounted for more than half of all coronavirus infections.

The new study says that Latino people have been hardest hit, falling victim at disparately high rates in 74.7 percent of the 79 counties that reported racial data on the pandemic during that period in June. In North Carolina, for example, 18 counties met coronavirus hot spot status for that period; in all 18 counties, Latinos represented a disproportionate number of infections. In fact, as of late June, Latinos represented close to half of all North Carolina coronavirus cases.