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Health officials urge caution to avoid COVID-19 exposure during weekend protests

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State of Michigan

More marches and rallies are scheduled for this weekend to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

And that concerns local public health officials who fear large gatherings may spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

Denise Fair is Detroit’s Chief Public Health Officer. She says she doesn’t want to discourage people from speaking out.

“Use your voice. We need you. But I urge caution,” says Fair. “When you are walking in those large groups, some of you are shoulder to shoulder. Please practice social distancing. Wear your mask.”

As of Thursday, Michigan has 58,241 confirmed COVID-19 cases. 5,595 fatalities have been recorded.  

In Detroit, there have been 11,116 confirmed cases of the disease. 1,388 people in Michigan’s largest city have died from COVID-19.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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