Spirit Of Detroit Wears Massive Mask Amid Pandemic

WWJ News
April 06, 2020 - 2:13 pm

(WWJ) It's not clear who put it on him, but there's no mistaking the message: Slow the spread of the virus in Detroit.

In one of the hardest-hit areas amid a global pandemic, a landmark statute in the City of Detroit appeared with its nose and mouth covered on Monday.

Sometimes sporting Michigan and Detroit-themed jerseys to show off team pride, the iconic Spirit of Detroit at some point overnight donned a massive mask.

"Well, I've seen the Spirit of Detroit wear a Red Wings jersey, a Tigers jersey, never a Lions jersey, but today you can see he is wearing a mask," WWJ Newsradio 950's Charlie Langton reported. "...Obviously trying to get the message across: get those masks on." 

The famous sculpture sits outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal center, the city/county building in downtown Detroit.

This comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are all recommending that everyone cover their faces with a mask, or whatever they can find, if they must go out in public. 

At last official report by the state health department, the City of Detroit (counted separately from Wayne County) had 4,495 confirmed cases, and 158 deaths from COVID-19.

Meanwhile, a third state legislator from Detroit has tested positive. Rep. Karen Whitsett of Detroit is said to be doing well. Last week State Rep. Tyrone Carter of Detroit tested positive for the virus, and State Rep. Isaac Robinson of Detroit died of complications from COVID-19.