WATCH: Duggan talks Detroit's budget amid coronavirus pandemic, announces major donation

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan 2020 coronavirus
Posted at 1:40 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 14:46:23-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan continued his daily coronavirus updates on Tuesday afternoon.

Duggan announced a major donation from Honda and talked about the city's budget amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The city received 10 vehicles from Honda to safely transport Detroiters to the COVID-19 testing site at the old state fairgrounds.

Updates below

2:44 p.m.

Duggan said they've tested about 8,000-10,000 Detroiters and 6,000-7,000 people from the suburbs. Of the tests done, 27% of Detroiters tested positive and 26% of people from the suburbs tested positive.

"We are one region and the virus is all through the region," he said.

2:40 p.m.

Duggan talks about the parks and said he drove to Belle Isle often over the weekend.

He said when driving the big parks like Rouge Park and Chandler Park, he didn't see people gathering.

He said police are patrolling and when groups get a little too big, they go in and explain why it's bad.

He said driving through Belle Isle on Saturday through 2 p.m. Sunday, he saw a lot of cars parked together, and when people got out of the cars, they were social distancing.

He said he didn't see any State Police, and as Sunday went along, you could see some things changing.

2:38 p.m.

Ayers said she and her other councilmembers took cuts.

She said the city and councilmembers hve done what needs to be done at thsi point, but if they need to go back and address it, they will.

2:35 p.m.

He said he is confident they will get a solution with council on the program.

2:30 p.m.

Duggan said it was either halting the demolition program or laying off police and firefighters.

Duggan said the money will be used to cover shortfalls for essential operations as the city is losing massive amounts of money each day with the casinos closed.

2:28 p.m.

Duggan said the overall cut between this year ending June 30, 2020 and next year ending June 30, 2021, is around $348 million.

He said there will be no recreation programs this summer, and children couldn't have gotten together safely anyways.

Duggan also said the biggest loss most people will feel is the demolition program, which is essentially completely halted.

He said it will have an impact on blighted neighborhoods.

2:22 p.m.

Chief Health Office Denise Fair talks about the nursing home tests and Abbott testing. She said they've administered almost 6,000 Abbott 15-minute tests – 3,600 for city first responders and 2,600 for nursing home residents.

Total number of cases for Detroit is 9,449 and deaths are at 1,111.

2:18 p.m.

Ayers thanks her colleagues for being diligent in getting the budget passed.

2:17 p.m.

Duggan said earlier today they adopted a budget from Councilmember Janee Ayers by a 9-0 vote.

He said there were disagreements about where money should go, but we worked them out. The budget will be balanced.

He said if the pandemic continues longer, the city will need to make more cuts, but if it ends earlier, they may be able to restore some things.

2:15 p.m.

Duggan jokes that some positive things do come out of Columbus, Ohio.

He then talks about the cuts he made last week and said the city isn't going to let an emergency manager come back in.

He said the vehicles show the way the country has come together to support the city of Detroit.

2:12 p.m.

Honda SVP Rick Schostek said after getting the call, a team of Honda engineers got to work at an R&D facility in Ohio.

In less than two weeks, they completed the fleet of 10 vehicles that were made in Alabama, with a transmission produced in Georgia and modified in Ohio.

2:11 p.m.

The city reached out to Honda, who retrofitted 10 Odyssey vehicles to separate the front and back physically and set up air handling systems so air didn't move from the back to the front.

2:10 p.m.

Duggan talks about getting people without transportation to the testing site. They offered low-cost rides through cab services, and there are now more than 200 trips per week.

Cab drivers were uneasy about sharing space with possible COVID-19 patients.

2:09 p.m.

Duggan said the volunteers have been great that that WSU President M. Roy Wilson has been great at getting the students to help out.

2:07 p.m.

Michael Moentmann, a 3rd-year WSU med student, talks about his experiences conducting the tests

2:06 p.m.

Duggan said Luna is the person who told him he was negative for COVID-19.

2:05 p.m.

Luna Wong, a WSU medical student, talks about doing the testing.

"It's the most wonderful opportunity I could've possibly had," she said.

2:04 p.m.

Duggan talks about Chief Health Office Denise Fair and her team testing nursing home residents. He said they got a team from Henry Ford to go to the nursing homes, swap the patients, and then in the evening, a team of largely medical students tested those swaps.

2:03 p.m.

Duggan said they are doing 200-300 tests a day with the Abbott 15-minute tests and another 1,000 a day at the state fairgrounds

He said they did 2,000 tests on nursing home residents

2:01 p.m.

Duggan starts off with numbers, showing that deaths are down to 66 from April 26-May 2. That's down from 147 from April 19-25, 232 from April 12-18 and 377 from April 5-11.

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