Detroit Coronavirus Information

Photo courtesy of Henry Ford Heath System

The Spirit of Detroit is sporting a turquoise shirt with a white ribbon to pay tribute to health care and essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

PropArt Studio, Banner Sign Company and The Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority joined forces for the project, according to Henry Ford Health System.

“Without these essential employees, this crisis would have been gravely compounded,” Wright Lassiter, III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, said in a statement.

He added, “The front-line health care workers, the first responders, the bus drivers, those who work for the post office, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, the manufacturers who shifted to producing personal protective equipment and more were absolutely critical to protecting public health, safety and quality of life.”

The White Ribbon Campaign kicked off several weeks ago, and it was the brainchild of Dennis Lemanski, D.O., who retired last month as Senior Vice President of Medical Education and Medical Staff Affairs for Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

“I am so proud and grateful that the white ribbon idea has taken off. I hope it’s meant something to these very important people willing to go out every day to do jobs that keep communities safe, fed, functioning,” Dr. Lemanski said in a statement.

It’s a beautiful tribute to those on the front lines!

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