WATCH: Duggan announces COVID-19 testing expansion

Mayor Mike Duggan
Posted at 1:48 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 15:23:29-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced a number of measures designed to expand the city's response to COVID-19 during his daily news update.

According to the city, Duggan will announce:

  • A major donation and new partnership to expand testing for Detroit's most vulnerable populations
  • New City workplace standards being issued today for the safe return to work for city employees.
  • A new multi-million fund to assist low-income Detroiters with financial support for a range of daily needs.

We will be live blogging what Duggan says below.

2:26 p.m.

"Ultimately testing is the key to getting back to normal," Duggan says. "We've got a long way to go."

2:20 p.m.

Duggan says they have 6 principles the city is using before they bring any employees back to work.

  1. Initial testing of each city employee for COVID-19
  2. Daily employee temperature check, health screening and monitoring
  3. Workplace distancing and hygiene protocols
  4. Mandatory use of masks and other necessary PPE
  5. Thorough and frequent cleaning of work-sites and vehicles
  6. Continuous adequate stockpile of necessary PPE and sanitizing supplies

2:18 p.m.

Duggan says, based on what he's hearing from businesses owners, they're going to sit down over the next couple days to figure out how to reopen workplaces. The city will announce tomorrow when they will bring people back to work.

2:06 p.m.

Duggan says Wayne Metro will use $8 million of federal funds to help Detroiters from running out of money. Part of this will be used to help Detroiters keep up with their rent, water bills, property taxes or other bills.

2:01 p.m.

Duggan says the Vattikuti Foundation is donating $400,000 to test vulnerable populations in the city in senior centers and other facilities for the aged population.
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