Dr. Thomas Dobbs, a Mississippi state health official, said that while the state's Black communities were hit hard during the beginning of the pandemic, since the summer and fall, that trend has shifted to impact the state's White population.
"Now it's over 60% of new cases are in Caucasians and the deaths are mirroring that also," Dobbs told CNN's Brianna Keilar.
Dobbs suggested that the shift may be attributed to the African American population taking social distancing and mask measures more seriously.
"It may well be that we found a pretty receptive audience in the African American community and it may well be because they were hit so hard and have personal experience, but we're not having the same success we've seen with other segments of the population," Dobbs said.
"Nothing's perfect, but the message seems have hit more fertile ground, right now, in the Black community," he added.
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