Blog: Mayor Mike Duggan updates Detroit coronavirus response

Mayor Mike Duggan
Posted at 3:01 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 18:56:47-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan addressed the city's response to COVID-19 in Detroit on Monday.

The news conference was held at Shed 5 at Eastern Market at 3:00 p.m. - here are the updates from that news conference:

3:29 p.m.

Duggan announced a new program to buy dinners from restaurants in the city of Detroit and give them to first responders, thanks to a large number of donors.

Duggan said you can find out more at

3:25 p.m.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon says 83 deputies have the virus, and 78 deputies are quarantined and need to be tested.

Napoleon also says Hilton Napoleon, hit brother and the Chief of Police in Highland Park, has been on a ventilator for 3 weeks.

3:24 p.m.

Mayor Duggan says they will bring 80 Wayne County Sheriff's Deputies through the rapid testing center for COVID-19 in the next few days.

3:22 p.m.

Asst. Chief White says they have not asked the mayor to close the parks yet, but they will not hesitate to do that if it become necessary.
3:17 p.m.

Duggan says that starting today, if you let people gather on your property, you will be getting that $1,000 ticket for breaking the executive order.

Duggan also says car washes are not an essential business. He says the city will shut down car washes with employees. Full automated car washes will not be shut down.

3:14 p.m.

Mayor Duggan says the testing site will be up to 1,000 tests per day as of Monday.

3:13 p.m.

Mayor Duggan says 154 DPD officers have tested positive for COVID 19. 400 are still in quarantine, but are expected to return to work once that period is over.

328 officers have returned to work.

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