Mayor Duggan, Chief Public Health Officer outline COVID-19 response plan

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair today outlined the City’s plan to respond to recently confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oakland and Wayne County.

The City of Detroit Health Department, in concert with the Wayne County and State Health Departments, have been in communication regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The current status in our geographic area remains at the lowest level.  As reported cases increase, in addition to education of proper respiratory etiquette and good housekeeping practices there are increased methods of addressing the spread of COVID-19.

With the virus likely to continue to spread, the Mayor and Chief Fair are taking the following steps:

Emergency Operations Center
The Mayor also has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center to monitor the COVID-19 developments.  At this time, the EOC is minimally staffed but will be ramped at such time there is a confirmed case in Detroit.

Public Events
In light of Gov. Whitmer’s recommendation this afternoon that large public gatherings be canceled, the City has consulted with the organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, who have made the decision to cancel this year’s parade to reduce the opportunity for anyone to be exposed to COVID-19.

Other upcoming large public gatherings are being reviewed, as well, to determine whether it is in the interest of public health and safety for them to be canceled or postponed.

Guidelines for anyone hosting large community events

  • Share health messages and materials provided by credible public health sources such as those from the CDC that are attached to this email to encourage your event staff and participants to practice good personal health habits.
  • Provide COVID-19 supplies at your events. Plan to have extra supplies on hand for event staff and participants, including sinks with soap, hand sanitizers, and tissues.
  • Promote messages that discourage people who are sick from attending events. This should include messages requesting that people leave events if they begin to have symptoms of COVID-19. They should seek medical advice promptly by calling ahead to a doctor’s office or emergency room to get guidance.
  • Identify actions to take if you need to postpone or cancel events. Work closely with the Detroit Health Department to assess local capacities in the area.  If possible, plan alternative ways for participants to enjoy the events by television radio, or online.
  • More information can be found here.

Public Use of City Facilities
Individuals experiencing a fever or coughing are asked to not visit city offices until their symptoms have passed. If an individual visiting a city facility is exhibiting these symptoms, they may be approached by medical staff

City Employees: General Precautions

  • Employees who are ill, and exhibit symptoms are asked to seek the professional services of a health care provider and notify their immediate supervisor of absence as soon as possible. The symptoms are, acute respiratory illness (consistent coughing), shortness of breath, and fever of 100 degrees or greater.
  • All employees who have been in contact with a person who has been exposed to COVID-19 are to contact the Detroit Health Department immediately for guidance, notify their supervisor and do not report to work unless directed.

City Employees who report to work with symptoms

  • If an employee reports to work with concerns of COVID-19, a supervisor will contact a member of a medical response team to have the employee assessed. An internal hotline number has been established and will be manned 24 hours each day until the Pandemic is over.
  • Until the arrival of the medical staff, the employee should be isolated from the work area or close proximity of other workers.
  • Upon the conclusion of the assessment employees may be instructed to report to or transported to a healthcare provide for continued testing and follow-up

Work Location Signage and Preparation

  • Ensure that employees are cleaning their work area with disinfectant at least twice during the work day.
  • Janitorial staff will be instructed to focus on high touch points, such as water fountains, door knobs, commonly used counters, sinks and cabinets
  • Ensure that city owned vehicles have disinfectant wipes available for employees to wipe the steering wheels and gear selectors before and after use.
  • Place the provided signs conspicuously in all areas, including break rooms, rest rooms, work stations, and public gathering rooms and service areas

Stay Informed