DPD Chief James Craig shares message to community, health update after COVID-19 diagnosis

Posted at 10:22 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 22:22:43-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Police Chief James Craig is discussing his recovery from coronavirus, and his message to citizens and officers. Speaking about what he’s endured after testing positive for coronavirus, he says his daily progress has not come easy, and he’s very eager to tell his story.

“It’s been a journey. It was a week ago Friday the test came back positive," Craig said.

Reflecting on being under self-quarantine, and first experiencing a nagging cough and allergy type symptoms, Craig says he later felt chills and more intense symptoms.

“Very lethargic, lost appetite, weak. Wasn’t a whole lot I could do," Craig said. "Even talking on the phone was a challenge. I’ve come a long way compared to then. My strength is coming back daily. First and foremost, I want to be healthy. I don’t want to go back prematurely, and I’m still ill. I don’t want to infect anyone else. If you feel sick stay home. I’m not physically in the office but I talk with my staff 2-3 times a day. There’s decisions I’m still making right now. It’s working out well, my goal is to get back as soon as I can but not prematurely."

Craig is also grateful to a physician from Henry Ford Hospital he talks with daily. He says he’s always prioritized proper diet and fitness throughout his life, and he believes staying fit is helping with his recovery. He’s also getting lots of rest and drinking hot tea 3-5 times a day, along with water.

Calls and text messages from DPD officers, as well as citizens and people around the country have also meant the world.

“The thoughts and prayers, over social media and others -- really heartfelt and humbling," Craig said. "This is the real deal. A serious disease. People ask me 'how I feel being quarantined at home?' I say 'thank god.' I know too many people positive with COVID, fighting for their live in hospitals. My heart and prayers go out to each and every one of them.”

To the DPD family he also says, “I’m deeply humbled. Proud of their commitment despite dealing with this unknown enemy. They continue to come to work, and those who are quarantined are eager to get back to work, to support colleagues and this community.”

Craig is also very thankful to all EMS, firefighters & health professionals remaining on the front lines.