City of Detroit completes coronavirus testing at nursing homes – finds 25% infection rate

Posted at 3:30 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 15:30:30-04

(WXYZ) — The City of Detroit has completed coronavirus testing at dozens of nursing homes in the city.

According to the city, the testing strategy for all 26 nursing homes was completed on schedule by Thursday.

Chief Health Officer Denise Fair said they know the virus can thrive at nursing homes, and they wanted to put seniors first.

They tested around 1,900 people, and found 478 confirmed cases – which equals a 25% infection rates. Of those, there were 150 deaths.

"Senior citizens are a lot safer today than they were two weeks ago," Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said.

According to Duggan, personal protection equipment is being distributed to nursing homes in the city.

Next, they'll be turning their attention to long-term facilities, which include skilled nursing facilities and assisted living homes.

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