Join the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students for a Virtual Town Hall at 12 p.m. ET Thursday, June 16.

The COVID313 Virtual Town Hall connects Detroiters to key conversations about the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as cultural and social issues including race relations, environmental justice and public health disparities. The town hall airs LIVE every other Thursday, bi-weekly, at 12 p.m. on One Detroit’s Facebook, YouTube and website.

This week: COVID updates, including news on vaccines for young children; the history of Juneteenth; Father’s Day; and the baby formula shortage.

COVID313 Town Halls:

Special Education

4/07/22: COVID313 – Special Education, Mental Health, COVID-19 Case Update

The COVID313 Town Hall takes a look at the social, emotional, behavioral and educational impacts of COVID-19 on special education students. Then, the Detroit Health Department gives an update on COVID-19 case rates, new variants and vaccines. Plus, the town hall talks about the pandemic’s affect on workers’ mental health.

3/24/22: COVID313 – Child Tax Credits, Housing & Utilities

Detroit Public Schools Community District Assistant Superintendent Alycia Meriweather updates parents and families on the districts conversations around virtual versus in-person learning for its students. Dr. Eric McGrath, MD of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Wayne Pediatrics, Inc. shares more information about the COVID-19 Omicron variant that continues to spread rapidly, Plus, special guest U.S. Senator Gary Peters, who shares what he’s been working on in Washington D.C. in regards to the nation’s federal response to COVID-19.

3/10/22: COVID313 – Mask Mandates and COVID Protocols

On this COVID313 Town Hall, we discuss ending mask mandates, evolving COVID protocols and protecting immunocompromised children and those with special needs, plus talking with kids about world events. Guests include pediatrician Dr. Saini, Detroit Health Department, Detroit Public Schools and Michigan Charter Schools.

2/24/22: COVID313 – Youth-Led Town Hall on Mental Health

Conversation led by a panel of Detroit youth, sharing their mental health and wellness needs – plus presentations from community partners and mental health services organizations, sharing vital resources and how to access them. Also addressed is domestic abuse, dating violence, and ways to get help.

Black Child leaning on fence thinking

2/10/22: COVID313 – Black History Month, Mental Health Resources, Omicron Variant Update

This Week’s COVID313 Town Hall Features: February marks the beginning of Black History Month, the month when communities come together to celebrate...
Child sitting at kitchen table with laptopand headphones learning virtually

1/27/22: COVID313 – Virtual & In-Person Learning, Omicron Variant Updates

Detroit Public Schools Community District Assistant Superintendent Alycia Meriweather updates parents and families on the districts conversations around virtual versus in-person learning for its students. Dr. Eric McGrath, MD of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Wayne Pediatrics, Inc. shares more information about the COVID-19 Omicron variant that continues to spread rapidly, Plus, special guest U.S. Senator Gary Peters, who shares what he’s been working on in Washington D.C. in regards to the nation’s federal response to COVID-19.

Face Mask protection

1/13/22: COVID313 – Omicron Variant, Mask Protection, DPSCD Virtual Learning

This week, COVID313 covers updates on the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, which mask protects the best and DPSCD virtual learning.

COVID-19 Holiday

12/16/22: COVID313 – New Year’s Hope, COVID-19 Children’s Vaccine Update

This week COVID313 shares some inspiration for the new year. Plus, the town hall covers COVID-19 children’s vaccine & school updates.

COVID Childcare

12/09/22: COVID313 – Build Back Better Act, COVID-19 Childcare Changes

This week, COVID313 covers the challenges COVID-19 created for childcare. Plus, updates from Rashida Tlaib on the Build Back Better Act.

Oxford High School Shooting

12/02/21: COVID313 – COVID Testing, New Variants, School Shooting Safety

This Week’s COVID313 Town Hall Features: Planning to travel during the holiday season this year? Or are you worried about the spread of potential...
Holiday Safety Precautions

11/18/21: COVID313 – Holiday Safety Precautions, Early Childhood Education Update

This Week’s COVID313 Town Hall Features: Are you hoping to travel during the upcoming holiday season, but not sure what holiday safety precautions...
Veteran's Day

11/11/21: COVID313 – COVID-19 Booster Shots, Veteran’s Day Tribute, Child Tax Credits

This Week’s COVID313 Town Hall Features: COVID-19 booster shots are ready for the public, but is the public ready for them? And we honor Veteran's...
Vaccines for children

11/04/21: COVID313 – COVID Long-Haulers, Vaccines for Children

This Week’s COVID313 Town Hall Features: COVID-19 vaccines for children are now available, but do you still have questions or concerns about the...
Impact of COVID on schools

10/28/21: COVID313 – Impact of COVID on Schools, Food Security, Booster Shots

This Week's COVID313 Town Hall Features: Almost two years into the pandemic, what has been the impact of COVID on schools and their students? Plus,...
Stay safe on halloween

10/21/21: COVID313 – Election Day Safety, Halloween Safety, Student Advocacy

Is your family gearing up for Halloween, but have concerns about COVID and other risks this year? And do you plan to vote at the polls this upcoming November? Join the COVID313 Town Hall and hear how to stay safe when going out this fall.

mental health

10/14/21: COVID313 – Mental Health, Mask Mandates, Halloween Guidelines

Do you know what signs parents or caregivers should look for to tell if a child needs helps, but doesn’t feel comfortable telling someone? And, what are the current mask mandates across Southeast Michigan and in schools? Plus, planning to trick-or-treat? Learn the latest Halloween 2021 guidelines and more with the COVID313 Community Coalition Town Hall. 

COVID exposure testing

10/07/21: COVID313 – COVID Symptoms, Testing Prevention, Vaccines

Do you know what to do if your child experiences COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for the virus? And how much do you know about COVID-19 exposure and the risk associated? Join the COVID313 Community Coalition Town Hall conversation for more.

COVID-19 vaccine booster shot

9/30/21: COVID313 – Booster Shots, COVID School Safety, Count Day

This Week's COVID313 Town Hall Features: Do you have questions about the rising availability and eligibility of the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot?...
Rental Assistance - Eviction notice on door

9/16/21: COVID313 – Rental Assistance, Vaccine Mandates

As vaccine eligibility broadens across the state, what may new vaccine mandates look like for individuals and businesses? And what rental assistance is out available for those who have experienced job loss or other financial down-turns throughout the pandemic? Join the COVID313 Community Coalition Town Hall to learn more.

Educational resources for returning to school

9/8/21: COVID313 – Educational Resources for the 21-22 School Year

Michigan State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice and Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MD, join COVID313 alongside mental health experts to discuss a range of topics from education, physical health, and how to maintain good mental health for parents and families. Plus, viewers can access a free downloadable toolkit filled with health-related and educational resources to help families of all ages.

Delta variant surge in hospital

8/26/21: COVID313 – ER Capacity, Delta Variant, Students Return to School

 This Week's COVID313 Town Hall Features: How are hospitals handling the latest COVID-19 surge and new variants that have taken hold? And what is...

COVID313 Town Hall Clips:

Mask Mandates

Mask Mandates Still in Effect at Detroit Public Schools Despite New CDC Guidelines

Detroit Public School Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti joined the latest COVID313 Town Hall to share the district’s updates on COVID-19 safety protocols, mask-wearing, vaccine mandates and more. He talks about how the district plans to continue to enforce mask mandates despite it being an option nearly everywhere else, when the district may likely make masks optional themselves, and what COVID-safety protocols may still be in place at the start of the next school year. 

Empty classroom desks with mask hanging on a chair

DPSCD Superintendent Extends Virtual Learning in District Through January 24

DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti spoke at Thursday’s COVID313 virtual town hall about his decision to keep the schools closed for in-person instruction until January 24. He said it was based on a 7-day infection rate in the city of well over 30 percent. The district will base a return to in-person learning when that rate drops below 20 percent.

COVID313: Kids and the Vaccine

  Have questions about kids and the COVID vaccine? Curious about post-COVID...

COVID313: Virus’ Impact on Schools

  How has COVID affected children in schools? Planning on voting in the...
2022 primary election

COVID313: Safety During Halloween and Voting

  Ready for a safe Halloween? Or voting in the election this November? Join us...

COVID313 Talk: Clarifying Unemployment Benefits

Changes are continually being made to Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance as the pandemic continues. In June, the seeking work requirement was put...

COVID313: Cascarones! A Springtime Tradition

Ofelia Torres gives some insight on cascarones, how they are used, and an in-depth tutorial on how to make them.

COVID313: What is herd immunity and what can we do after we’re vaccinated?

COVID313 discusses what guidelines will still apply and which ones may change after people have received the COVID vaccination.

COVID313: What’s the vaccine’s impact on young adults?

COVID313 discusses the potential impact of the COVID vaccine amongst various age groups.

COVID 313 | Providing for special needs students In Detroit

In this COVID313 Virtual Town Hall Meeting, Arlyssa Heard, organizer and policy lead of 482Forward talks to Iranetta Wright, Deputy Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools…

COVID313: Racial Disparity

In a recent COVID 313 Virtual Town Hall, a discussion regarding racial disparities amongst African American Michiganders and its relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 38

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 37

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 36

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 35

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 34

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 32

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 31

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 30

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 29

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 28

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

WATCH: COVID313 Community Voting Rights Town Hall

Learn everything you need to know about exercising your right to vote on Election Day – featuring Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 27

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 26

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

WATCH – COVID313 Virtual Townhall: Supporting Immigrant Communities

Metro Detroit families and students join COVID313 for a talk with experts about Coronavirus and its effects on immigration policies, basic needs, the 2020 Census and more.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 25

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 24

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 22

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 21

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 20

Detroit Public Health Director Denise Fair and Wayne County Acting Health Department Director Carol Austenberry have the latest on what tests are most effective and what you should do if you haven’t been tested yet or need to get the test again.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 19

Michigan House Republican policy advisor Brad Wever checks in with the COVID313 Town Hall. He gives an update on the education budget in Lansing.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 18

Speaking at this week’s COVID313 Town Hall meeting, State Representative Tyrone Carter, D-Detroit, tells his COVID-19 story and what needs to be done in Lansing as the pandemic continues.

COVID313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 17

Speaking at this week’s COVID313 Town Hall meeting, State Representative Tyrone Carter, D-Detroit, tells his COVID-19 story and what needs to be done in Lansing as the pandemic continues.

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 14

With infection rates rising in other places, how big will the second COVID-19 wave hit here? Dr. Oveta Fuller of the University of Michigan Medical School has some thoughts on that and how well those filtration units work in the many offices that have reopened.

Lt. Gov Garlin Gilchrist

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 12

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist speaks his mind in the latest COVID313 Town Hall June 11, 2020 - In the midst of a pandemic and protests over the...

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 11

Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students hosts a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families.

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 10

Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students hosts a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families.

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 9

Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students hosts a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families.

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 8

Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students hosts a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families.

WATCH – COVID313 Virtual Townhall: Healthy Environments and Air Quality

As part of Asthma Awareness Month, the University of Public Health School of Michigan is co-organizing a Virtual City Hall with COVID313.

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 7

Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students hosts a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families.

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 6

Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students hosts a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families.

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 5

Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students hosts a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families.

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 4

Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students hosts a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families.

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 3

Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students hosts a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families.

Tonya Allen, President & CEO of the Skillman Foundation

Tonya Allen from the Skillman Foundation gives Stephen Henderson an idea of what nonprofits are doing to help Detroit Public Schools in their new efforts of online learning.

COVID-313 Community Coalition Virtual Town Hall Week 2

Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students hosts a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families.

A Detroit community coalition holds its first COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

This week a coalition of Detroit area agencies came together to hold a town hall meeting via the internet update the status of public services and public schools.

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About COVID313

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, Detroit was one of the cities hit the hardest by the public health and economic crisis.  Schools closed, leaving parents looking for childcare or stuck at home overseeing their children’s virtual learning. Businesses were shuttered, and thousands of employees lost their jobs. Cases of the virus soared as hospitals became overwhelmed with very sick patients.

The early stages of the pandemic were desperate times. It was clear Detroit and metro residents urgently needed basic information on how to navigate and cope with the pandemic. More than 20 nonprofit and grassroots organizations, including Detroit Public Television, came together to form the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students as a way to convey vital, potentially lifesaving news and information through a live, interactive format.

From interviews with public health officials, information on where to find food, testing and other pandemic-related resources, and opportunities to interact with key community stakeholders, the COVID313 Community Coalition brings updated community news to more than 400,000 people.

The Coalition’s mission to spark key conversations around cultural and social issues, including race relations, environmental justice and public health disparities, continues every other Thursday, bi-weekly, at 12 p.m. on One Detroit’s Facebook and website. All live streams are translated into American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish.

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