State leaders are crediting the Michigan COVID-19 Task Force on Racial Disparities with helping lower the percentage of African Americans who contracted the virus. Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, a member of the coronavirus task force, said the average cases and deaths for African Americans dropped tremendously in September and October compared to March and April. "We’ve learned a lot from what’s been happening at the state and what we do in our local task force,” Furr-Holden said.