COVID-19 Update from Mayor Mike Duggan – May 13, 2020

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COVID - Testing for Residents 60 & Older

Mayor Announces Expansion of Free COVID-19 Testing

Beginning May 14, any Detroit resident 60 years or older can get a free COVID-19 test at the State Fairgrounds.  Mayor Mike Duggan announced the expansion at his briefing today.

Residents will need to make an appointment and have identification when they arrive for the test. However, they won’t need a doctor’s prescription.

Testing is being expanded based on data showing that individuals 60 and older make up 84 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Detroit, the Mayor said.

Residents should call (313) 230-0505 to schedule an appointment.  For Identification, residents can use:

  • Driver’s License
  • State or City ID
  • Documents showing their address in last 30 days, such as a utility bill, pay stub, lease agreement or credit card statement

The Mayor indicated that free testing will be extended to individuals in other age groups in the future.

New Testing Policy for City of Detroit Employees

The Mayor also announced that City of Detroit employees who test positive for COVID-19 can now have members of their household tested for the virus for free.

COVID Testing at Senior Apartments

Health Department to Conduct Testing at 70 Locations

The Detroit Health Department (DHD) this week began its citywide testing of senior citizens and has completed testing in 10 buildings, said Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair at the Mayor’s briefing May 13.

The testing is part of the Health Department’s strategy to identify senior citizens who have contracted COVID-19.  Data shows that the senior population is most at risk when contracting the virus.

The Health Department is targeting 70 locations with confirmed COVID-19 cases and plans to test 8000 residents over the next five weeks.  In addition, DHD will provide personal protective equipment and educate residents and staff on infection prevention measures.

DHD is working with Henry Ford Health System and Detroit emergency medical technicians to conduct the tests.

COVID Testing at Senior Buildings

COVID Support for Detroit Businesses

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Awards $4 Million to 754 Detroit Small Businesses

COVID Mayor's Briefing 5.13.20Mayor Duggan is joined by DEGC President and CEO Kevin Johnson and Espy Thomas, owner of Sweet Potato Sensations, at his COVID-19 briefing May 13.

A total of 754 small businesses in Detroit are receiving $4 million through a relief fund with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and the City of Detroit. DEGC President and CEO Kevin Johnson gave an update May 13 on the program announced in April to help small businesses survive the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

More than 1,700 applications were submitted, and recipients received grants ranging from $2,500 – $10,000, Johnson said. To qualify, businesses had to be Detroit based, in operation for at least a year, have fewer than 50 employees, and show proof of financial hardship as a direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DEGC continues to process applications to ensure all funds are dispersed to business owners by the end of the month.

Taking part in the Mayor’s briefing were Tara Young, owner of 44 Burrito, and Espy Thomas, co-owner of Sweet Potato Sensations.  Both owners received grants through the DEGC small business relief fund, which allowed them to operate on a pickup and delivery basis.

For a complete list of recipients, click here.

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