LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is reporting that Black residents are no longer being disproportionately infected and killed by the coronavirus, after they accounted for a staggering 40% of deaths and 29% of cases in the early days of the pandemic.
For the last two available weeks of data, African Americans represented 10% of COVID-19 deaths and 8% of cases. They comprise 14% of Michigan’s population. They still account for at least 38% of confirmed and probable deaths overall, and at least 20% of cases. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II credits people of color for being more likely to wear masks and follow safety guidelines.
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