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Detroit's mayor urges people to be "responsible" in face of global coronavirus outbreak

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
City of Detroit

Detroit’s mayor is urging people who may be sick with the coronavirus to stay home.

Mayor Mike Duggan held a news conference on Wednesday to try to calm city residents after the state announced two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in southeast Michigan.  

Duggan says neither patient is from Detroit.

The mayor says people with flu-like symptoms should stay at home. 

“This virus will stop spreading when we start being responsible to our neighbors,” says Duggan. “The problem of course is being caused by people who think that something’s so important that they should risk their neighbors.”

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has launched a program to help restore water service to homes. Handwashing is a key public health message to combat the spread of the virus.

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