Mayor Duggan's COVID-19 Update - May 27, 2020

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COVID Update City Working for Residents

COVID Testing Expands to Metro Detroit ResidentsStarting May 27, any resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County can get a free COVID-19 test, without a prescription at the State Fairgrounds. Mayor Mike Duggan made the announcement at his news briefing May 27.

Individuals that want to be tested MUST schedule an appointment first by calling (313) 230-0505. The appointment center is open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday – Sunday

In addition, transportation for Detroit residents who need a ride to the Fairgrounds is still available for $2.  Residents will be transported in a safe, sanitary Honda Odyssey van.

The free testing will continue at the Fairgrounds with as many as 2000 tests being administered daily. For more information on COVID-19 testing at the State Fairgrounds, go to detroitmi.gov/coronavirus.

COVID Testing at Senior Buildings Continues

Health Department Continues Testing at Senior Apartment Buildings

The Detroit Health Department (DHD) has tested 2300 residents at 36 senior apartment buildings, said Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair at the Mayor’s briefing May 27. The infection rate continues to remain low at one percent.

The department is scheduled to do testing at another 30 facilities between now and June 5. Testing at senior buildings is expected to be completed by mid-June.

Nursing Home Residents Get Second Test

In addition, DHD will complete its second round of tests on residents at 26 Detroit nursing homes this week. In the initial round, the infection rate was 24 percent. During the second round of testing, the infection rate is less than 10 percent, Fair said.

COVID Senior Test Locations through June 5

Crews Nears Completion of Tiger Dam Installation on Detroit's Lower East Side

COVID Tiger Dam UpdateThe City of Detroit will complete installation of a $3-million temporary dam along the Detroit River and canal seawalls on the lower east side by early June, before water levels are expected to crest. Mayor Mike Duggan and Crystal Perkins, Project Manager & Analytics Specialist for the General Services Department, gave a project update at his COVID-19 briefing May 27.

Last year, the City employed volunteers and General Services Department employees to fill more than 400,000 sand bags.  This year, the City pursued another method for trying to control high flood waters: The Tiger Dam™.

With water levels expected to be higher than last year and to crest in mid to late June, the dam is a preventive measure to reduce flooding at 350 homes and streets in the area and protect the Conner Creek wet weather treatment facility from being overwhelmed.

The project started in April, and crews will focus on the final installations at Klenk Island beginning May 28 and on Riverside Blvd. next week.

The Tiger Dam™ System consists of elongated flexible tubes that can be stacked as high as 32 feet, joined end to end for miles, and filled with water. The tubes form a barrier to protect property when flooding occurs.

The installation project involves a team of City employees, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractors, following the City’s COVID-19 safe workplace policy.


Detroit Police Department Is Hiring

The Detroit Police Department (DPD) plans to hire 300 police officers over the next year, said Mayor Mike Duggan at his news briefing May 27. In addition to police officers, DPD is looking to fill positions in a number of units.

The Mayor encouraged individuals who have been laid off or furloughed to consider a position with the Department.

For more information on DPD jobs, go to joindetroitblue.org.

COVID Mary Sheffield PPE Donation from GMDetroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield recently announced the donation of 7,000 face masks for inmates, and 6,200 latex gloves and 150 face shields for deputies and staff at the Wayne County Jail by General Motors.

The company donated the items at the request of Councilmember Sheffield to support her new initiative, Masks for Inmates. She worked at the Wayne County Jail for two years as a disciplinary hearing officer before her election to the City Council.

In addition, Councilmember Sheffield announced that her office is now providing fresh produce and frozen meals for seniors at 4-8 senior buildings every week.  She talked about the program at Mayor Duggan's news briefing May 27.  The effort is in partnership with Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO).

For more information on the food program, individuals can call (313) 224-4505.

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Wayne State University Physician Group Launches Virtual Care Clinic

A Message from Dr. Aris Urbane.
I'm pleased to announce WSUPG has launched a virtual clinic to care for people diagnosed with COVID-19 who are in isolation at home, or require follow-up care after hospitalization. The clinic provides quick access to a physician through a variety of telehealth platforms (telephone, digital or audit-video), with quick referral to WSUPG’s network of specialists, should it become necessary. Dr. Aris Urbane, Chief Medical Officer, Wayne State University Physician Group.
If your healthcare provider has not sent you patient education materials, please disregard this

Detroit yard waste collection to start later, end later this year


FOR RELEASE: April 1, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT:  Nicole Simmons

D1 COVID-19 Resources You Can Use

D1 residents, as you may have guessed, we have canceled our March monthly meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we still want to make sure we provide our neighbors with the necessary tools and resources to get through this unprecedented time.

Take a look at our COVID-19 resource video HERE. 

Councilman James Tate talked with Crystal Hepburn, RN, Dr. Michele Reid, Chief Medical Officer at CNS Healthcare and Matthew Parker, CPA of Aliff Parker Financial Services, LLC. During the video, they provided tips on staying safe and healthy, managing your mental health and insight on maintaining financial stability. We’ve also compiled a list of various community resources at the end of the video that residents can use throughout the pandemic for food, utility and financial support.

Thank you to all of our guests for joining and to Cutz Lounge for allowing us to use their space. If you all have any questions, you can always reach out to our office at 313-224-1027. While we are not currently in the office, we consistently check our voicemail and emails.

Continue to stay safe and share this info with anyone you know.


HR 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act was signed into law yesterday.  For information about the $2.2 trillion bill, as well as extensive summary, please see our Action Update .

Hilary O. Shelton
Director, NAACP Washington Bureau & SVP Advocacy & Policy
NAACP Washington Bureau


New unemployment filing schedule to help Michiganders apply for benefits

News from the State Emergency Operations Center

New unemployment filing schedule to help Michiganders apply for benefits

LANSING, MICH. To help Michiganders receive unemployment benefits as a result of COVID-19, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has developed a schedule for workers to file for benefits based on the first letter of their last name. The agency continues to see a historical increase in working families seeking emergency financial relief and this new schedule will improve functionally, accessibility and help alleviate bottlenecks in both the online system - Michigan.gov/UIA - and over the phone at 866-500-0017.  

The day or time of day in which a claim is filed will not impact whether a worker receives benefits or their benefit amount. Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19. The eligibility window to apply has also been increased from 14 to 28 days from the date of their work stoppage.

“We ask Michiganders to remain patient when filing for unemployment and to please follow this schedule to make it easier for everyone to access the emergency relief they need,” said UIA Director Steve Gray. “We’re recommending that workers go first to our 24-hr online system at Michigan.gov/UIA. We urge workers to only use our phone system if they do not have access to a computer or the internet.”

Michiganders are asked to use the tools and resources available on the homepage of the website to help answer any outstanding questions they may have. Due to the unprecedented demand for unemployment benefits, those using the phone option may sometimes receive a busy signal and those using the website should expect longer load times. Users are asked to be patient and not click more than once to reload a page. Filing online remains the fastest way for Michiganders to apply for unemployment benefits.

Beginning Sunday, March 29, 2020:

Online Filing Schedule - Michigan.gov/UIA

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
  • Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window. 

Call Center Filing Schedule - 866-500-0017:

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between  8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between  8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Fridays (8:00am – 5:00pm) will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.

For more information visit Michigan.gov/UIA   

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.  



Contact:Jason Moon, (517) 282-0041 or Moonj@michigan.gov


RELEASE: Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Expanding Absentee Voting in May 5 Elections

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March 27, 2020

Media Contact: BrownT56@michigan.gov

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Expanding Absentee Voting in May 5 Elections

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-27, encouraging Michiganders to vote absentee by allowing the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter, and to provide absentee ballots directly to new registrants. Local jurisdictions will still need to keep at least one polling place open for those who wish to vote in-person or are unable to vote by mail.

“While we work to slow the spread of COVID-19, we must do everything we can to encourage Michiganders to stay home and stay safe,” Governor Whitmer said. “The fewer people we have lining up at polling places the better, ensuring Michiganders safely practice social distancing while allowing them to safely exercise their right to vote in local elections.”

Michiganders who want to register to vote in the May 5 election are strongly encouraged to do so by April 20. They can register online at mvic.sos.state.mi.us/registervoter or by mail using the form available at michigan.gov/documents/MIVoterRegistration_97046_7.pdf.

Those who miss the deadline are still able to register to vote and can do so at their township or city clerk’s office, but should call ahead first. Clerks will also accept applications and proof of residency by mail, email or fax.

“I am grateful to Governor Whitmer for recognizing the critical need to protect public health while ensuring Michigan citizens are able to exercise their fundamental right as voters in our democracy,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “Our sharpest tool to ensure citizens do not have to choose between casting a ballot and risking their health is the constitutional right they have to vote by mail, which voters themselves enshrined in our state constitution in 2018.”

"Canceling elections sets a dangerous precedent for our democracy. It signals that, in a time of great challenge and uncertainty, we would opt to give up on the fundamental building block of our republic - the ability to elect and hold our elected officials accountable,” Benson said. “My administration will ensure that all voters eligible to participate in a local election on May 5 receive applications to vote by mail, and we will work with our local clerks to recruit staff and set guidelines to help ensure their health, safety - and our elections - are secure."

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

To view executive order 2020-27, click the link below:

List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

List N includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

When purchasing a product, check if its EPA registration number is included on this list. If it is, you have a match and the product can be used against SARS-CoV-2. You can find this number on the product label – just look for the EPA Reg. No. These products may be marketed and sold under different brand names, but if they have the same EPA registration number, they are the same product.

Note: Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by EPA. There may be additional disinfectants that meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. EPA will update this list with additional products as needed.

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