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3,800 Blacks in Michigan have COVID-19, report says. 40 percent of deaths in state are Black.

Kristen Jordan Shamus, Kristi Tanner and Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press

Many suspected the novel coronavirus would hit Detroiters hard — a city where poverty and health disparities, lack of access to consistent health care and water shutoffs have long vexxed a majority black population.

New state data reveals just how bad it is.

About 35% of Michiganders with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are African-American —about 3,800 people, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Among those who have died from complications of the disease, at least 40% were African American.

“We are suffering at a disproportionate rate,” said the Rev. Charles C. Adams, pastor at the historic Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, where he said COVID-19 has dealt a painful blow to his predominantly black congregation of about 7,000 members.

“The coronavirus has revealed divides” in race, class, and health care access, he said.

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