City of Detroit Increases to “High” Community transmission for COVID-19

  • Detroit increased from a “substantial” to “high” transmission rate, indicating that residents are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19
  • Health guidance recommends wearing masks in public indoor settings, for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated


The City of Detroit is now experiencing a “high” CDC community transmission level, elevated from a “substantial” level. This indicates an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. Transmissibility is considered “high” when there are 100 or more weekly new cases per 100,000 individuals. Currently, Detroit has 116.5 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents.   The Delta variant, which comprises more than 97.7% of new COVID-19 cases in our community, maybe more than twice as transmissible as the original strain of COVID-19.

The CDC recommends that individuals in regions with a “high” community transmission level wear masks at all public indoor settings, even if fully vaccinated.

“Due to the high community transmission, it is now more important than ever to wear your mask in public indoor settings. Detroit has come a long way and we don’t want to go back. We are asking residents to get tested if you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, and get vaccinated,” said Detroit Health Department Chief Public Health Officer, Denise Fair. “These are public health emergency measures that will limit hospitalization and death.”

There are approximately 373,000 Detroiters who have been vaccinated (at least one dose). This represents approximately 43.9% of the Detroit population. To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, please call (313) 230-0505, or log onto our website, at: Detroiters can also text their home address to (313) 217-3732 to locate vaccination sites nearby.