Keeping Detroit residents healthy and safe is the number one priority of the Detroit Health Department (DHD). In an effort to protect residents, DHD continues to work with the Michigan Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to actively monitor any potential cases of the COVID-19 Virus. There are currently no known cases confirmed in Detroit. If you or a loved ...
CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19
Keeping Detroit residents healthy and safe is the number one priority of the Detroit Health Department (DHD). In an effort to protect residents, DHD continues to work with the Michigan Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to actively monitor any potential cases of the COVID-19 Virus. There are currently no known cases confirmed in Detroit.
The Detroit Health Department is actively preparing for the possibility of local cases and the spread of illness in the City of Detroit. We are working closely with health care providers, community organizations, other first responders, and community members to prepare. We will continue to update this page with the most current information.
COVID-19 Call Center
Are you a healthcare provider who may have a COVID-19 positive patient or an individual who suspects you have COVID-19? Call the Detroit Health Department (313) 876-4000, to receive guidance on next steps. The call center is operational 24 hours a day.
COVID-19 information can be found below:
- Pre K-12 Schools
- Colleges and Universities
- Concert/ Event Goers
- Faith-Based Organizations
- Long Term Care/ Assisted Living
- Homeless Shelters
- First Responders
For more on the Coronavirus including prevention and treatment, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information on Detroit Public Schools Community District response, please visit their preparedness page
Symptoms of COVID-19
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Call your doctor if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled to another country.
- Shortness of breath
Healthy Tips from the Health Department
To best ensure you and your family remain healthy, always practice good hygiene habits:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick—and stay home when you are sick!
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and wash your hands
- Regularly disinfect commonly used objects and surfaces.
What To Do if You Believe You Have COVID-19
- Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
- Separate yourself from other people/animals in your home.
- Do not go to work, school or public areas.
- Avoid using public transportation, taxis, or ride-share.
- Monitor your symptoms and call before visiting your doctor. Be sure you tell them you have or may have COVID-19.
- If you have one, wear a facemask around other people.
- If you can't wear a mask because it's hard for you to breathe, self-quarantine in your own room and have family wear facemasks.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw away in a lined trashcan.
- Avoid sharing personal household items.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean all "high touch" surfaces every day.
- For medical emergencies, call 9-1-1. Notify dispatch that you have/may have COVID-19.
- Remain in home isolation for 7 days OR until 72 hours after your fever has resolved.
What To Do if You Believe You Have Been Exposed to an Infected Person
Close contact includes scenarios like living with/caring for a person with COVID-19, being within six feet of a person with COVID-19, or if someone with COVID-19 coughed on you, kissed you, shared utensils with you or you had direct contact with their bodily fluids.
- If you may have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 but are not sick:
- Monitor your health for symptoms for 14 days after your last contact with the ill person.
- Do not go to school or work. Avoid public places for 14 days.
- If you are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are sick:
- If you are sick with fever, cough, or shortness of breath, even if your symptoms are mild, isolate yourself.
- If you are at higher risk for severe illness (over 60, with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, have a weakened immune system or are pregnant) call your health care provider. They may want to test you for COVID-19.
- If you have symptoms but are not in a high risk category, discuss with your health care provider if you should be tested.