Duggan provides update on Detroit fireworks, talks about new road projects

Posted at 1:34 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 14:33:35-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan provided an update on the 2020 annual fireworks show and talk about road construction on Wednesday.

Duggan first talked about the coronavirus numbers and said they are now at 1,282 people who have died from COVID-19 in the city. That's up four from the day before, but two of those deaths were from previous months.

According to Duggan, they have seen a 90% drop in deaths over the last four weeks, and five weeks ago, there were 286 deaths. In the last seven days, there have been just 22 deaths.

Duggan said if we continue wearing masks, and it will be months, they will be able to open back up the city quickly.

He also talked about the Detroit Means Business Coalition, and Charity Dean said that at 6 p.m., business owners can log on to to register to open when phase 4 goes into effect. Those businesses can also check a box to get started with a PPE donation. it's open for any Detroit business between two and 50 employees.

Duggan then talked about the Fourth of July Ford Fireworks. He said the city won't do it on the regular schedule because of COVID-19, but there is a new plan for 2020.

The Parade Company CEO Tony Michaels said they will have the fireworks as a TV-only events on Monday, Aug. 31 and feature the stories of the people of Detroit.

There will be no congregating, and the theme is we are one together, according to Michaels.

"Detroit will see a show they've never seen before. It will be the best fireworks show this country has ever seen," he said.

Then, Duggan talked about road projects in the city, saying there will be 93 miles of road construction in the city this year between major roads and residential streets.

Duggan said that all workers are being safe and wearing masks, gloves, and going through temperature checks. They also can't go to work unless they've been through the city's testing site.

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