More Detroiters have died from coronavirus than have been killed in two years of homicides

by

comment
CITY OF DETROIT
  • City of Detroit

More Detroiters have died from the coronavirus in one month than have been killed in two years of city homicides.

The city reported 69 coronavirus deaths on Thursday — the largest one-day increase since the outbreak began last month — bringing the total to 538.



Between 2018 and 2019, 534 people were killed in homicides, according to police records. The city routinely has one of the highest violent crime rates in the U.S.

total_detroit_coronavirus_deaths-3.png

The coronavirus has hammered Detroit, which was rivaling New York City in coronavirus deaths per capita. The city alone has more coronavirus deaths than Ohio and Wisconsin combined.



Detroit has recorded more than 7,300 confirmed infections.

The daily death toll appeared to be flattening over the past seven days, when the city was averaging 32 new casualties a day. Then came Thursday’s sobering numbers.

Mayor Mike Duggan has expressed optimism that the worse may soon be over, but the coronavirus has taken root in nursing homes. To combat the spread, the city has begun testing nursing home residents and staff.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who tested positive for the coronavirus, is expected to join Duggan for a press conference at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.