WATCH: Detroit mayor provides update on COVID-19, additional grants for small businesses

Posted at 1:44 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 14:42:44-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan held another update on the city's response to COVID-19 on Thursday.

Duggan also talked about additional grants for small businesses and jobs for 8,000 Detroit youth through Grow Detroit's Young Talent initiative.

2:35 p.m.

Duggan says this fall, we'll have to be prepared to deal with both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. He says the governor is keeping the lease on the TCF Center in case it is needed during any spike of COVID or the flu.

2:28 p.m.

Fair said while out on a run on the Riverwalk, she did not see that many people wearing masks.

"I counted them on my hands."

She says don't let peer pressure keep you from wearing a mask.

2:25 p.m.

Health Department Director Denise Fair says Detroit has not seen that many deaths in the last few days from COVID-19 and that is a sign of improvement.

She says cases across the state are spiking, but Detroit is only seeing 20 to 25 new cases a day.

2:15 p.m.

Duggan says on Monday 8,000 young people started summer jobs with Grow Detroit's Young Talent 6-week program.

6,400 of them are fully online. They will have laptops provided for them.

1,600 of them are working on-site. They are over 18-years-old and working in a socially distant setting.

2:06 p.m.

Duggan says they don't want empty storefronts, and he says a lot of money will be available shortly. He says Detroit small businesses will have another $7.25 million in grants available from the state. The grants of $20,000 will be available on the 15th. The money will be dispersed in September.

If you got a state grant in April from the MEDC, you will not be eligible for the new grants. Duggan says that only applies to 113 companies.

2:05 p.m.

"You're going to be wearing a mask in October, you're going to be wearing a mask in December."

2:04 p.m.

Duggan says that bad habits are starting to creep back up. He says he's been arguing to the governor that Detroit is acting responsibly and they need to keep opening the economy up. Duggan says the risk is going into the store, not wearing a mask.

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