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Michigan says racial disparities of virus have diminished

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 16:12:32-04

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 15% 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.