WATCH: DPD Chief Craig joins Mayor Duggan in COVID-19 update

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 15:46:51-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit Police Chief James Craig joined Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in his daily COVID-19 update on Thursday.

We will be live blogging what is said below.

3:44 p.m.

Duggan says, "The people of this city have saved a lot of their neighbors lives by social distancing."

3:33 p.m.

Duggan says the response to his financial proposals have been "very professional." He also says that while nobody wants their hours cut, the impression he got is that most employees understand.

3:28 p.m

Duggan says the city is planning a special memorial service in a few months for all those who died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3:16 p.m.

Craig says 338 DPD employees are quarantines. Of those, 257 are sworn officers, and 81 are civilian employees.

3:14 p.m.

Craig says "The enemy that we fight is real." and he tells everyone listening to "Fight." "If you don't have the will to survive, many times you won't."

3:12 p.m.

Craig said he is grateful he was able to fight the disease from home and did not have to go to the hospital. "I did not want to go to the hospital."

3:08 p.m.

Chief Craig starts by thanking a large number of people, including Mayor Duggan "who called me every day."

3:05 p.m.

Duggan says demand for the test center at the state fairgrounds has gone down, so they are considering opening up testing further. He also says anyone who fits the criteria for testing should contact their doctor if they need to be tested. You could get in as soon as tomorrow.

3:04 p.m.

Duggan says the numbers in Detroit are all trending in the right direction. He also days the total number of patients admitted to the TCF Center field hospital remains at 16.

3:02 p.m.

Duggan says almost 70 new deaths are attributed to COVID-19 in the city of Detroit since yesterday. However, 36 of those are older deaths that have now been confirmed as being from the coronavirus.

Craig is joining Duggan for the first time after testing positive for COVID-19. Craig has been cleared for work after his most recent test was negative.

Duggan is expected to discuss a number of COVID-19 response initiatives, including testing for the city's homeless population and the Feed the Front Lines Detroit program.

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