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Mayor's Update to Residents - November 10, 2022

Saturday, November 12, 2022 11:42 AM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

Mayor Duggan, officials celebrate opening of second AT&T Connected Learning Center

Mayor Mike Duggan joined officials from AT&T this week for the opening of a second Connected Learning Center (CLC) in Detroit at the Service, Employment, Redevelopment (SER) Metro Detroit job training facility on Michigan Ave.

The center aims to provide free access to a range of digital resources, including high-speed fiber internet and Wi-Fi, Dell Technologies computers, a free digital learning platform created by AT&T, and digital literacy resources available through AT&T ScreenReady.

AT&T announced plans to reach 50 centers nationwide through the AT&T Connected Learning initiative, including at Boys & Girls Clubs. This initiative is part of a companywide $2-billion commitment made last year to help address the digital divide and aims to provide communities with the connectivity, computers, and digital skills needed for success in school and life.

City of Detroit to observe Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11

The City of Detroit will observe Veterans Day on Friday, November 11 with most operations suspended for the day.

However, a number of City operations will continue during the holiday:

  • Normal Police, Fire, and Water and Sewerage services will be provided.

  • The Department of Public Works (DPW) will collect refuse, bulk, yard waste and recycling as normally scheduled. For additional information regarding DPW, visit Department of Public Works.

  • The Department of Transportation (DDOT) will operate bus service as normally scheduled. Riders can visit the department webpage at Department Of Transportation for bus schedules.

  • The Detroit People Mover will be open Veterans Day from 7 a.m. until midnight. The Detroit Transportation Corporation administrative offices also will be closed on Nov. 11.

  • The Ford Underground Garage and Eastern Market Garage will be open from 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.  Meter parking is free on Nov. 11, and the Municipal Parking Department will resume normal operations Nov. 12.

Many City services, such as tax and fee payments, permit applications and obtaining DDOT passes, are available at your convenience online at Pay fine, bill or tax (detroitmi.gov)

Residents wishing to make a request for service, such as removal of illegal dumping, reporting a non-working streetlight, abandoned vehicle or other issues, are encouraged to use the Improve Detroit app.

Landlords are invited to the Landlord Compliance Fair, sponsored by the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department, on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Activities Center at 18100 Meyers Road.

Register today at Landlord Resource Fair (smartsheet.com)

For more information on City of Detroit jobs, go online to City of Detroit jobs (detroitmi.gov). If you have any Career Expo questions, email them to codrecruitment@detroitmi.gov.

Detroiters urged to take preventive measures against the spread of Respiratory virus and influenza

  • Detroiters urged to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 in order to limit spread of all respiratory illness, including RSV for which there is no vaccine

  • Stay home if sick to prevent spread and seek treatment if symptoms worsen

  • Take extra precautions to prevent RSV infection among those most vulnerable to severe illness from RSV:  babies, people ages 65+ and those who are immunocompromised

The Detroit Health Department is urging all Detroiters to take precautions to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses, which are spreading rapidly due to a nationwide outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza. The result is an increase in demand for pediatric acute care hospital beds.

The Detroit Health Department also encourages residents to getting vaccinated as soon as possible for flu (ages 6 months+), COVID-19 and get the new bivalent booster to protect against more contagious Omicron variants if due (ages 5+ two months following completion of initial series). There is no vaccine to protect against RSV.

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is offering the following advice to help stop the spread of respiratory illness, including RSV:     

  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Practice frequent and proper hand washing
  • Monitor symptoms and seek medical care if symptoms worsen
  • Consider having children wear a mask in public places, including school especially if local rates of respiratory illnesses are high

The Detroit Health Department offers free immunizations at the following locations:

Weekday Walk-in Locations
DHD Immunization Clinic, 100 Mack Avenue                            
Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner Ave. 
Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Northwest Activities Center (*COVID19 only), 18100 Meyers                         
Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

COVID-19 TestingNorthwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers                         
Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome at all locations, but vaccination appointments may be scheduled using the self-scheduling option on our website: detroitmi.gov/health or text “vaccine” to (313) 329-7272. Bring vaccination card to appointment.

For more information, go online to Preventive Measures Against the Spread of RSV (detroitmi.gov).

City of Detroit unemployment rate matches 20-year low, more than 10,000 jobs available

Mayor Mike Duggan and City officials announced recently the Detroit unemployment rate had fallen to 7 percent. According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics September 2022 Employment Data Report, unemployment is down from 7.9 percent in August 2022, and from 12.5 percent this time last year. This matches the lowest rate Detroit has seen since September 2000 and is attributed to continued development and investment in the city and its workforce.

At the height of the COVID pandemic in May 2020, Detroit’s unemployment rate spiked to more than 38 percent. In an August 2021 study, University of Michigan’s Economic Forecast report predicted the city’s unemployment would drop to 6.9 percent by 2026.

Detroit at Work, the City of Detroit’s workforce development ecosystem, works to create career opportunities for Detroiters at all levels of education, experience, and skills, and to give employers access to a highly-qualified talent pipeline. Since January 2022, Detroit at Work has held 61 job fairs, with more than 10,700 people in attendance. Detroiters are being hired every day for jobs and careers in growth industries, such as manufacturing, IT and healthcare. Connect with Detroit at Work at detroitatwork.com.

Read the full story online at City of Detroit unemployment rate matches 20-year low (detroitmi.gov).

Bivalent Boosters Now Available for Children Ages 5+

  • Pfizer bivalent booster authorized and available for ages 5+

  • Moderna bivalent booster authorized for ages 6+

  • Available at all 3 Health Department Immunization clinics

The City of Detroit is now providing Bivalent COVID-19 boosters to children as young as five years of age, following Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Bivalent boosters may be given at least two months following completion of primary vaccination series in adults and children ages 5+.

Children as young as five can be given the Pfizer Bivalent booster. The Moderna Bivalent booster has been authorized for children ages six and above.

The Bivalent booster may be co-administered with influenza vaccines. Current locations and hours are:

Detroit Health Department                100 Mack Avenue                   M-F      8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Northwest Activities Center               18100 Meyers                         M-F      10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Samaritan Center                                5555 Conner                         M-F      9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are highly recommended. Appointments may be self-scheduled on our website:  www.detroitmi.gov/health or text “vaccine” to (313) 329-7272.

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