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Nearly 670 cases, 16 deaths added to Michigan virus totals

Beth LeBlanc
The Detroit News

Michigan added 669 new coronavirus cases and 16 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the statewide totals since the start of the virus four and a half months ago to 79,176 cases and 6,170 deaths. 

As of mid-July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 228 children had died of the disease in the U.S., less than 0.2% of the nation’s deaths at the time.

Eleven of the 16 new deaths were identified by reviewing death records to determine cases linked to the virus. 

After reaching an initial peak in April, Michigan's cases began to increase again in June. The number of positive cases last week was the second highest in nine weeks, but still lower than the week prior. 

In addition, the number of deaths last week was the lowest since March. 

Michigan officials recognized early on that the virus had a disproportionate impact on African Americans and that trend appears to continue to hold true. 

As of Tuesday, 28% of all state cases and 40% of all coronavirus deaths occurred among Black individuals. 

eleblanc@detroitnews.com