The rising death toll, disproportionately among black residents, has led Michigan to create a racial disparities task force.
An aunt, an uncle, and a cousin have tested positive for coronavirus, says Cassandra Spratling. A friend’s husband died. Her brother’s friend, like her aunt and uncle, is hospitalized.
“I’m almost afraid, I almost hate turning on my Facebook page, or even sometimes answering my phone,” says the 64-year-old Detroit native, once a journalist at the Detroit Free Press. As the number of deaths from Covid-19 rise in the city, she says, “it makes me a little nervous when I get a phone call because I’m always afraid that it’s going to be somebody I know.”
Spratling, in her northwest Detroit neighborhood, islike many African Americans nationwide, watching in fear as the coronavirus rapidly spreads in her hometown and in other black communities across the US.