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Evans: COVID-19 'curve is flattening' in Wayne County

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Wayne County Executive Warren Evans is optimistic about the county’s fight with COVID-19.

Wayne County is the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan. The city of Detroit and Wayne County have a combined 16,970 positive coronavirus cases and 1,802 deaths linked to the disease.

But Evans says the county is making progress.

“It looks like, both in Detroit and Wayne County, that while there are still peaks and valleys, the curve is flattening,” says Evans. “The worst thing that could happen is that we get a spike and have to go through all this again.”

The pandemic has been taking a toll on Wayne County’s finances.

Evans says the county is eyeing a $150 million budget hit from the COVID-19 outbreak.

This week, Wayne County announced layoffs or furloughs for more than 200 county employees and is leaving another 600 jobs unfilled.    

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.