LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that racial differences in COVID-19 in the state had improved, months after minority communities reflected greater severity and death at the time of the epidemic.
At Thursday’s press conference, Governor Garlin Gilchrist expressed admiration for the work of the Racial Differences Working Group.
It’s a bright spot amid a sudden public health emergency that has put the state on a three-week hiatus with government restrictions.
Significant progress has been made in reducing racial differences
After the pandemic put the various public health threats faced by black Michiganders and other communities in the state did not prominently spotlight, the government released its first report, showing Michigan’s progress in reducing these inequalities.
While COVID-19 broke through minority communities in the spring months during Michigan’s first boom, the average number of cases experienced among minority groups fell to a third. At the same time, the number of one million deaths has dropped by more than 20.
“Today’s report shows that significant progress has been made over the past six months to reduce these targets. But as cases continue to grow, we need to realize that we are not doing our job because we all have a role to play in coping with this virus, “Lieutenant Government Garlin Gilchrist said in a press release. and each other, we’ll log in a little more and we’ll be proud of the work we’ve done to make each other’s lives better. ”
As of March and April, the average number of cases per million was 176. In September and October, it fell to 59. During the same periods, the population of Black Michigan declined from 21.7 million per day.
Despite the fact that black residents make up only 14% of Michigan’s population, they accounted for 38% of COVID-19 cases and 40% of deaths in the spring months.
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The combination of social inequalities and systemic racism that has developed over decades has revealed a cold truth to many Americans in the face of increased threats from minorities in the state. From inhaling more toxin-containing air and less access to health care to the lack of luxury of working from home, a number of factors have played a role in the higher mortality rate.
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“Michigan has been given nationwide leadership in addressing the health inequalities that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic as the governor and deputy governor have committed to providing equitable support to our most vulnerable communities during the crisis,” said Maureen Taylor, a member of the task force.
Where Michigan’s second wave of coronavirus stands
Michigan’s second rise appears to be slowing as last day’s daily record of new cases was replaced by not-quite-high numbers this week. However, during the Christmas holiday season around the corner, public health pitfalls continue to emerge over the state.
The state reached its new coronavirus peak on November 20, when nearly 10,000 new cases were reported. The number of cases per day has since followed the path of the roller coaster, which had just crossed the highest point, fell by half before climbing up again. An additional 6955 positive tests were confirmed on Wednesday.
The combination of community proliferation and increased testing helps tell the story of the second wave of Michigan, which dwarfs its recorded cases in the spring.
The result of the record number of cases in November is also reflected in other trends, confirming the concerns of Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. On Tuesday, the state reported one of the deadliest days of the pandemic, when another 190 people died in COVID-19, including another 30 while reviewing data from the death certificate.
The state’s hospital bed capacity is also revealing gloomy news for Michigan as many are approaching 100% capacity and can no longer accommodate more patients. Starting Monday, several Detroit Subway facilities will be nearby:
- Beaumont Royal Oak: 70%
- Beaumont Wayne: 88%
- Henry Ford Macomb: 96%
- Henry Ford Detroit: 76%
- McLaren: Macomb: 92%
- Ascension Macomb Oakland Warren: 94%
Prior to Thanksgiving, the hospital’s CEOs and government officials asked residents to avoid festive gatherings. Experts have predicted a much more deadly ripple if people don’t take more precautions to avoid catching the virus.
Michigan’s growing trends follow similar reports across the country. On Wednesday, the head of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control warned that the next few months were “the most difficult period in the nation’s public health history” because of COVID-19. The White House Coronavir Virus Task Force issued a similar statement saying, “We are in a very dangerous place” in connection with the pandemic.
It is not clear what new blocking measures the COVID-19 Michigan status means in the state. Whitmer would not confirm if he planned to extend the state’s temporary break during an earlier speech this week.