Mayor’s Update for Residents – November 23, 2021

November 23, 2021 / Comments (0)


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City of Detroit gives update on COVID pandemic and issues safety guidelines for upcoming Thanksgiving holiday

COVID Booster Shots for Everyone 18 & Up

City officials today urged residents to get vaccinated and get their booster shots to protect against COVID-19, and provided safety guidelines for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  Everyone age 18 and older is now eligible for a booster shot.

During the Nov. 23 briefing, officials pointed out:

  • Michigan now is the national center for the spread of COVID-19
  • COVID case rate in Michigan now exceeds the 2020 rate
  • COVID hospitalizations for Detroiters doubled in the last month with no signs of slowing

In light of the surge of COVID-19 cases in Detroit and Michigan, residents are encouraged to take  steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and follow safety tips issued by the Detroit Health Department.

To schedule a COVID vaccination or test, call (313) 230-0505. To see the list of locations for vaccinations, go to

See video message from Denise Fair Razo, Chief Public Health Officer:

COVID Protection Guidelines Nov. 23, 2021

COVID 19 - Holiday Safety Tips

City of Detroit Announces Street Closures, Bus Reroutesand Parking for America’s Thanksgiving Parade

City Offices Closed Nov. 25-26 for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Events

Individuals attending the America’s Thanksgiving Parade, Turkey Trot and the Detroit Lions game on Thursday, Nov. 25 should make note of street closures, bus reroutes and suggested parking, as tens of thousands flock to downtown Detroit.

To get specific details, go to

City of Detroit Closings

Most City of Detroit offices are closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 & Friday, Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. However, certain vital City services will be provided.

The Department of Public Works will not collect trash, bulk items, recycling or yard waste on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday’s collection will take place on Friday, Nov. 26, while Friday’s collection will take place on Saturday, Nov. 27.

DPW drop-off locations will be closed on Nov. 25, with regular hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. resuming on Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27.

The Detroit Department of Transportation will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving.
Detroit Municipal ParkingResidents and visitors can enjoy free metered street parking across the city from Nov. 25-28, with parking enforcement suspended. Normal parking enforcement resumes on Monday, Nov. 29.

COVID-19  Vaccination and Testing LocationsCOVID-19 vaccination locations and testing site will be closed on Nov. 25-26, with normal hours resuming on Nov. 29.

For additional details, go to

City hosts Getting Detroit Back to Work recruitment event

Detroit Back to Work fair picThe City of Detroit hosted a Getting Detroit Back to Work recruitment event Nov. 12 to fill 175 jobs, many of them related to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), as well as other vacancies throughout City government.

A number of departments took part to fill vacancies in the areas of: law, accounting/finance, information technology, housing/community development, public safety, and construction management.

For more information on City jobs available or to apply for an opening, visit the webpage at Apply for a Job | City of Detroit (

City rededicates field to honor Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, decorated member of the Tuskegee Airmen, on 100th birthday

Lt Col Jefferson honored picTuskegee Airman Lt. Colonel Alexander Jefferson, center, was honored with the Key to the City on his 100th birthday at Jefferson Field in Rouge Park.

The City of Detroit rededicated Jefferson Field in Rouge Park Nov. 15 to its namesake, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, whose service as a Tuskegee Airmen helped win World War II.

The City honored Jefferson on his 100th birthday by announcing the creation of a plaza and statue on the field where Jefferson once flew model airplanes as a boy. He was also presented the Key to the City by Deputy Mayor Conrad Mallett.

His flying unit, called Red Tails for the colors on their plane tails, escorted bombers into action in Europe – and lost so few planes that bombers requested them for flying runs.

The City also supported a public event honoring Lt. Col. Jefferson hosted by the Tuskegee Airmen Detroit Chapter and his family on November 20 at the Coleman A. Young City Airport.

To learn more about Lt. Colonel Jefferson’s career and achievements, read the full story at City honors Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson | City of Detroit (

Residents, businesses and workers encouraged to sign up for Detroit Alerts 365, a new emergency notification system

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The City of Detroit has launched a new notification system called Detroit Alerts 365 that sends Detroit-specific emergency notifications to individuals who sign up.

With this new, free system, individuals can choose to receive alerts via cell phone, landline, text, email, TTY, and/or social media. The high-speed system can reach people across the city in seconds, ensuring critical information can be quickly shared for situations such as:

  • Severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service
  • Public safety advisories
  • Flooding/natural disasters
  • Evacuation/shelter in place notices
  • Boil water advisories

For additional information on Detroit Alerts 365 or to register, go to

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Prop N Neighborhood Improvement Bond Program Named Midwest Deal of the Year by Bond Buyer

The City of Detroit’s 2021 Neighborhood Improvement Bonds have received the Bond Buyer’s Midwest Deal of the Year Award. Detroit’s 2021 Bonds were distinguished for the innovative financing of urban blight remediation projects and for its “Social Bond” label which attracts ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) focused investors.

This award comes a year after over 70 percent of Detroit voters approved Proposal N (Neighborhood), a $250 Million comprehensive plan to address vacant houses through preservation and demolition.

Detroit’s Neighborhood Improvement Bond program is groundbreaking because after completing the demolition of over 15,000 blighted properties with Federal Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) dollars, the City innovatively pursued municipal bonds to continue funding urban blight removal.

Read the full story on the City’s website at Prop N | City of Detroit (

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