COVID-19 Justice

Michigan lessening racial disparities in COVID

Once affecting Black Michiganders at an outsize rate, COVID-19 infections and deaths are now more even.

It’s a silver lining amid a grim scenario: Michigan is managing to cut the rate at which Black Michiganders are affected by the coronavirus.

Early in the pandemic, Black people made up 29% of the COVID-19 infections in Michigan and more than 40% of the deaths. That’s despite representing about 14% of the population of the state.

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Over the past two weeks, Black Michiganders accounted for just 8.2% of infections and 9.9% of deaths.

Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist told CNN the reduction was a hopeful sign.

“The truth is, that old management axiom applies: What gets measured gets managed,” he said. “And the fact that we prioritized tracking these disparities from day one, is why we’ve been able to now show this progress.”

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