(WXYZ) – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gave his daily coronavirus update on Friday afternoon.
He will be joined by the head of the city’s public health office Denise Fair, the Head of the Detroit Water and Waste Disposal Department Palencia Mobley and the Crystal Perkins Public Services Department Project Manager.
They discussed new figures in the city and the Tiger Dam project in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood.
Duggan said that the police department had full staff and at the same level they would last May. He said that about 2/3 of the departments had gone through 15 minutes of testing.
Duggan said he talked to Dr. Joneigh Khaldun about scheduling other outpatient operations and reopening the hospital.
Duggan said the number of citations written yesterday for the meeting continued to fall. Yesterday, Assistant Chief James White told Duggan 19 quotations were written, the smallest number so far.
Fair said it was too soon to say compare the numbers of long-term facilities with nursing homes. There is an infection rate in nursing homes of around 24%. They expect initial results from long-term care facilities on Monday.
Duggan said the city was still working through legal challenges to build a sea wall in the Jefferson-Chalmers area.
Mobley said that it would take several years to determine the right solution for a number of reasons.
Chief Health Officer Denise Fair took over to talk about senior citizens in the city.
He said they still plan to test all 37 long-term care facilities on May 15. To date, they have tested 10 facilities. Next week, Fair said they would share preliminary results.
To date, there are 9,192 cases of COVID-19 and 1,045 deaths in the city.
Next week, Fair said that they would get results about nursing home staff.
Duggan reminded people that this was a temporary repair because they were working to eventually add to the sea wall, which is a more complicated project.
Detroit Department of Water and Waste Chief Engineer Palencia Mobley took over to talk about the project.
He said the city was a temporary dam that would fight rising sea water and canals, and also protect wet weather treatment facilities.
Mobley added that last year, nearly 7 billion gallons of river and storm water flow to the treatment facility, and the pump was not designed to work 24 hours.
The tube is filled with water and connected together smoothly.
This is a preventative measure, adding that the surface of the Great Lakes water will rise higher than last year.
He spoke of flooding around this time last year in the Jefferson-Chalmers Neighborhood when high river levels passed through the sea wall.
He said they came up with a plan called Tiger Dam, around the $ 3 million project.
They brought 28 city employees on April 10 with masks and temperature checks, saying “they cannot wait until the pandemic ends or we will lose many homes in Jefferson-Chalmers due to flooding.
Duggan said they had to do it in mid-May.
Duggan said that on Monday, more than 400 Detroit City employees will return to work to do road, water and sewer works, spare parts maintenance and more.
Duggan said he was worried about this weekend because the weather was very good. He said he was on a call with a police commander who was ready for very strong enforcement this weekend.
According to Duggan, all the good news with numbers will be hurriedly canceled if people gather in large groups in the neighborhood, parks, etc.
He said people have enjoyed the park in the right way for now.
Duggan said that they tested more than 1,000 people on the State Fairgrounds website for the first time, and that the company now gets workers tested as they prepare to reopen.
The word hospital system and our health care system must again explain to patients they are running a very good system.
He said the hospital needs to remind you that you can enter the hospital system and stay safe.
Duggan said that the number of vacant hospital beds now reached 800, up from 700 the previous day. He said an empty bed was something he had never seen in his life.
Duggan shows how the number of deaths from week to week decreases very quickly.
He said that the number that continues to grow is death in nursing homes. Up to 233 residents of nursing homes and three staff members.
“Before this ends, we will find ¼ up to 1/3 of deaths in the city occur in nursing homes,” he said.
Duggan said that there were 1,045 deaths in the city, up from 1,036 yesterday, only 9 more.
“The lowest number we have had in a long time,” he said.
He said part of that was reflected in the fact that they did not get an older death certificate.
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