Detroiters Urged to Complete 2020 Census
Mayor Mike Duggan and Icewear Vezzo urged Detroit residents to complete the 2020 Census during the daily COVID-19 briefing April 29. Detroit rapper Icewear Vezzo is an advocate for Census participation and is featured on Census billboards.
Detroit now ranks 13 out of 17 major U.S. cities based on return rates.
The Mayor emphasized that too much is at stake for residents to ignore the Census and then pointed out:
- The federal government allocates $675 billion in 132 programs based on the Census count
- Funding for Medicaid, school lunches, special education funding, police and fire is based on the Census count
- The undercount in 2010 cost Detroit at least $300 million during the last decade
For more information and to complete the Census online, go to my2020census.gov.
City Contractors to Proceed with Projects, Agree to Accept COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines
Mayor Duggan, joined by Kerlin Blaise (far left), discusses the start of projects and agreement by contractors to adopt health and safety standards. Blaise is the owner of Blaze Contracting, that has a $8.2-million contract with the City. Other speakers at the Mayor’s daily briefing April 29 included rapper Icewear Vezzo and Denise Fair, Chief Public Health Officer.
Contractors to Begin Work Within Two Weeks
Mayor Mike Duggan announced that 16 contractors now have the green light to proceed with projects awarded by the City of Detroit prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The approval was based on the companies agreeing to follow health and safety standards in place for City of Detroit employees returning to work.
Each company has agreed to create a COVID-19 safe workplace policy appropriate for its worksite and occupation with, at minimum, the following five elements:
- Initial testing of each worker for COVID-19
- Daily worker temperature check, health screening, and monitoring
- Workplace distancing and hygiene protocols
- Mandatory use of masks and other necessary personal protective equipment
- Thorough and frequent cleaning of worksites and vehicles
The projects focus on road repairs and construction, sewer work, landscaping and construction totaling $110 million. Work is expected to begin in the next two weeks.
To review the contractor guidelines, click here.
Testing Shifts to Residents at Long-Term Care Facilities
The Detroit Health Department, with support from the CDC and Henry Ford, has started testing residents at long-term care facilities, focusing on the 37 locations with the highest number of reported cases.
The tests will be processed at the State Fairgrounds with results provided in two days. The staff of these locations also will be offered infection prevention education.
Health Department Focus on Testing of Nursing Home Staff
In addition, Denise Fair, the City’s Chief Public Health Officer, said that staff members at 26 nursing homes are required to be tested by May 11, with 15 facilities already signed up. Testing of nursing home residents was completed last week.