DBN Logo 320x72

The City of Dearborn is concerned about the recent uptick in cases of COVID-19 in Dearborn, and encourages all residents to do their part in slowing the spread.

To place emphasis on the necessity of practicing public health protocols, the City has launched a “Mask Up, Dearborn” campaign on social media. Several prominent local leaders and officials have participated in the campaign, including Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and members of the Dearborn City Council.

“The increase of cases in the city is alarming,” said Mayor O’Reilly. “As a community, we must do everything in our power to mitigate the spread to the best of our ability, such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.”

“We wanted to highlight how imperative it is that everyone does their part in slowing the spread of this disease,” said City Councilwoman Erin Byrnes, who spearheaded the “Mask Up, Dearborn” initiative. “We all need to protect one another, and wearing a mask around others is an easy way to do that.”

Residents who use Facebook are encouraged to participate in the campaign by placing a “Mask Up, Dearborn” frame on a photo of themselves to help spread awareness and to emphasize the importance of mask-wearing, as well as following other vital public health guidelines.

City Council President Susan Dabaja expressed her support for the campaign. “This campaign is a great way for others to show that they care about each other and the community as a whole,” she said.

Dearborn has been disproportionately impacted by the disease, with the city’s cases being the second highest in Wayne County. During the week of Aug. 10, Dearborn made up about 23% of new COVID-19 cases in the county, despite only being 5.4% of Wayne County’s population. Additionally, from Aug. 3 to Aug. 17, the city averaged about 20 cases per day.

Residents are reminded that wearing a mask in public places is state-mandated, and that, while social gatherings are permitted, people who do not live in the same household must remain six feet apart to the extent possible. Indoor gatherings must not exceed 10 people, and outdoor gatherings must not exceed 100 people. All gatherings must be designed in way to allow six feet between those attending. Residents should avoid large gatherings as much as possible, even outside, and wear a mask when they cannot maintain a six foot distance.

Residents are urged to call the non-emergency police number at 313-943-3030 if they see a large gathering that is not complying with public health protocols.

* * * * *