DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan provided an update on where he believes the city stands in the fight against COVID-19.
While Detroit’s COVID-19 numbers remain relatively low, Duggan said the surrounding suburbs and out-of-state areas are forcing the city to take immediate action.
Duggan said Detroit businesses are being shut down because of irresponsible behavior in the surrounding communities. Since late October, positive COVID-19 rates are skyrocketing in Oakland and Macomb Counties. The numbers in Detroit are low in comparison.
Oakland County officials said large gatherings, traveling sports teams and people not wearing masks are the reasons for their spike in cases.
Mark Hackel released a statement in response to Duggan’s COVID-19 update:
"Early on during this pandemic, the City of Detroit led the state in the number of COVID cases and deaths. At that time, no one within the region blamed Detroit for what they were going through. Rather, we all wanted to find ways to help the city, while at the same time, preparing for the spread of COVID-19 across the state.
To hear Mayor Duggan say that other municipalities within the region are not doing their part and acting irresponsibly based on recent statistics, and that Detroit is being punished as a result, is disappointing.
No one should be placing blame. We should be finding ways to continue helping one another. If we are truly ‘All in this together,’ then we need to display that by our words and actions.
We will continue to work with our business partners, schools, and residents by educating and informing them about what they can do to keep themselves and their families safe."
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