There is still much work to do to slow the spread of COVID-19 and roll out a vaccine, but Dr. Debra Furr-Holden believes this one crucial step in eliminating the disparity in Flint means there is hope. African Americans are 60 percent of the population in Flint, in March they accounted for more than 85 percent of positive COVID-19 cases and 91-percent of the COVID-19 deaths. That has turned around drastically. By the end of September, the data showed that African Americans make up 38-percent of cases and 50-percent of deaths.