Detroit COVID-19 Healing Memorial, Aug. 31, 2021 | Ken Coleman
Michiganders across the state, including many elected officials from both parties, will on Saturday attend events mourning the almost 3,000 people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The 20th anniversary of the attacks, which sparked the two-decade-long “War on Terror,” is also taking place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to rage in the United States and around the world.
The virus has killed 4.6 million people around the world and 658,865 Americans, per tracking compiled by the New York Times. In the United States, that’s the equivalent of the lives lost in 219 9/11 events.
In Michigan, 21,807 people have died, per the NYT, which uses state and local health data for its tracker. According to state Department of Health and Human Services data of confirmed deaths, Michigan has had 20,506 people die since March 2020. Either way, that’s the equivalent of about seven 9/11s.
Eight states have experienced far more COVID-19 deaths than Michigan. California leads the country in people who have died of COVID-19 with 67,062. That’s the equivalent of the lives lost in roughly 22 9/11 events.
Here’s a sobering look at other states with high COVID-19 death rates:
Texas: 59,905 COVID deaths, equivalent to about 20 9/11s
New York: 54,174 COVID deaths, equivalent to about 18 9/11s
Florida, 48,772 COVID deaths, equivalent to about 16 9/11s
Pennsylvania: 28,535 COVID deaths, equivalent to about 10 9/11s
New Jersey: 27,039 COVID deaths, equivalent to about nine 9/11s
Illinois: 26,845 COVID deaths, equivalent to about nine 9/11s
Georgia, 22,968 COVID deaths, equivalent to about eight 9/11s
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