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Final COVID-19 race disparities task force report rolled out

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Final COVID-19 race disparities task force report rolled out

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist stopped by a community center in Detroit today to roll out the findings of a task force that examined racial disparities in the impact of COVID-19.

The task force found multiple factors that compound the risk of severe illness or death for people in communities of color. Those include people who don’t have good health insurance, don’t have a primary care doctor, and don’t have access to broadband internet. That means no access to telemedicine services.

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist led the task force.

“It’s easier to be healthy if you have a relationship with a medical professional.”

Gilchrist says the group’s work will help make sure the state will be better prepared to ensure an equitable response if there’s another COVID surge, or when there’s another health crisis in the future.