BLOG: Mayor Duggan updates Detroit coronavirus response

Mayor Mike Duggan
Posted at 3:43 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 16:40:16-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has updated the city's response to the coronavirus during a Friday afternoon news conference.

The news conference took place in Shed 5 at Eastern Market. We will be live blogging what he says below.

4:31 p.m.

When asked about masks Duggan says, "I think at this point anyone who is going to be within 6 feet of anyone else should cover their mouths."

4:29 p.m.

Duggan says, "If we have to close parks, we will."

4:22 p.m.

Health Department officials say there are 3,572 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Detroit and 116 deaths.

4:19 p.m.

Duggan says the more than 1,000 houses that need a simple water restoration completed. Duggan says anyone in the city who did not have running water should have it now, unless their pipes are being worked on by a plumber.

4:16 p.m.
Duggan says they have struck a deal with Intelliride to bring people without cars to the testing site beginning on Monday. The ride will cost $2, the same as bus fair. People will be picked up at their home, taken to the testing site, and then taken home. They will need a doctor's prescription for the test.

4:15 p.m.

Duggan says the testing at the Michigan State Fairgrounds is being raised to 700 test a days beginning Saturday.

4:14 p.m.

Duggan says the FDA has approved Henry Ford Health System's COVID-19 study. They will be using 3,000 volunteers for a study on a positive coronavirus treatment.

4:12 p.m.

Duggan says they have taken the basketball hoops down at 18 parks. He also says he doesn't want to put the police in the position of having to close the parks.

"We are asking the citizens of Detroit to help us."

4:12 p.m

AC White says he doesn't want to close the city's park, but if the do not see immediate results in curbing gatherings, he will ask for authority to close them.

4:08 p.m.

Assistant Chief White says 175 members of the DPD have returned to duty after being quarantined

4:07 p.m.

Duggan says he has told the DPD to be very strong in enforcing the stay-at-home order. Violating the order could results in a $1,000 fine.

4:04 p.m.

Duggan says 43% of the 1,000 test conducted at the Michigan State Fairgrounds that have come back are positive for COVID-19. He says this shows we need to be wearing surgical masks and he doesn't want to see anyone getting on a DDOT bus without covering their mouths.

4:03 p.m.

Duggan says 21 DPD officers have been tested by the Avid labs fast testing and cleared to return to duty in the last three hours.

4:00 p.m.

Duggan began by saying another 19 Detroiters have died and this means we will have to be more strict in how we're following the governor's stay-at-home orders.

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