Greektown, a popular casino and restaurant area of Detroit, sits deserted during evening rush hour on April 6, 2020.
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The streets of downtown Detroit are desolate. Its factories are shuttered. A city that for the first time in a lifetime was showing strong signs of a resurgence has been brought to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While the Motor City is known for its toughness and grit, it also has widespread poverty, which makes it harder for many residents to get the health care and medications they need. Despite a thriving downtown for the first time in decades, Detroit’s rapid rise as a nationally recognized hot spot for the pandemic has magnified the city’s racial and socioeconomic inequities and made the jobs of doctors and nurses caring for patients with COVID-19 more complex.
There are roughly 1,400 new coronavirus cases in the Detroit metro area every day, White House officials said Wednesday. Roughly 26% of residents who get…