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Higher proportion of coronavirus cases among Michigan's Blacks is easing

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Posted at 5:51 AM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 05:51:53-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan is reporting that Black residents are no longer being disproportionately infected and killed by the coronavirus.

The state's Black population 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.

African Americans 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.