Detroit's COVID-19 numbers still going up but trends showing 'glimmer of light'

Posted at 5:28 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 17:28:01-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the latest numbers of COVID-19 cases are still going up, the next two weeks could be the worst, but the cases are not increasing as fast as they could.

At the same time, we’re still seeing videos of people defiant of “Stay home, stay safe” orders. One lady sent us a video she recorded on the freeway in Dearborn.

Mayor Duggan says they are talking about whether to allow outdoor church services for Easter Sunday. But how that could be done with social distancing is still to be determined.

The Mayor says hospitals in the city are admitting slighter higher numbers of patients than the numbers of people being discharged.

Detroit has 5,834 cases of Positive COVID-19 and 247 deaths, up 26 from Tuesday.

Detroit Police and Fire have 3,400 members. 170 DPD are positive for COVID-19 along with 52 Firefighters. 369 police are in quarantine and 421 have returned to work.

Mayor Duggan says the city will have a deficit at the end of this fiscal year and it will continue into next year, but they will not run in the red.

He says they are looking at pay cuts, furloughs and cuts in executive pay, but at the same time still considering hazardous duty pay for police, fire and EMS first responders.

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