COVID-19 Pandemic Information & FAQ
In compliance with the state of Michigan's order on March 13 "Order Temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblages and Events," TCF Center is working diligently with customers to cancel or postpone events to different dates on the event calendar. View list of confirmed postponements and new dates HERE
On 3/30/20 TCF Center was designated by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, State of Michigan and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a temporary alternate care facility in Detroit.
The construction was performed by the TCF Center workforce and union labor. The temporary alternate caresite for COVID-19 patients was opened April 9, relieving the burden on local hospitals treating patients with COVID-19. With guidance from FEMA and other officials, the site was designed in the most efficient way possible in order to allow the convention center to resume normal operations in the weeks ahead when this crisis eases.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have any events been canceled or postponed?
Yes, TCF Center is working with customers to reschedule events at a time that is beneficial to them in the weeks ahead as the COVID-19 crisis eases. A list of confirmed event changes is on our website HERE
When will TCF Center become a temporary alternate care facility in Detroit?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Michigan adapt more than 300,000 square feet of TCF Center into medical care space. The TCF Regional Alternate Care Facility opened April 9, 2020.
The conversion includes two separate floors, which will be segregated based on severity of illness, approximately 1000 bed spaces and stations for medical personnel, and was completed in nine days.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in her announcement of the effort on 3/30/20, “We are proud to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA and the TCF Center to expand capacity in Detroit. By mobilizing quickly to construct a large alternate care facility in Detroit, we can help save lives.”
Are there any employee cases of COVID-19 in TCF Center?
No, the TCF Center has not had any known employee cases of COVID-19.
How many cases of COVID-19 have there been in Detroit?
Yes, there have been cases of COVID-19 in Detroit and the state of Michigan. Review their COVID-19 webpages for the most current information HERE
Does Michigan have a "stay at home" Order?
Yes. On Monday March 23, the State of Michigan announced the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order that requires all non-critical businesses to temporarily close and all residents to stay home except for essential needs or six feet away from others. This starts on March 24.
TCF Center remains closed to the public in order to comply with the terms of the Order. The Detroit People Mover will not stop at the TCF Center station. All non-essential TCF Center employees will be working from home to support ongoing customer service needs. Security personnel will continue to work to ensure the safety of the venue. The facility will continue to be sanitized to protect the health of critical personnel. Engineering staff will continue to work on site to insure ongoing facility operations and maintenance.
Everyone at TCF Center is invested in the recovery of the industry and the nation. We are committed to remaining centered around our customers and Detroit in these trying times and will follow the Governor’s lead. We are with you in this effort. Please be safe and look out for each other.
What preventative measures have been taken in TCF Center?
Preventative measures are continually being updated and conducted in TCF Center:
- Installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the center
- Provides Covid-19 training and daily temperature screening for all employees
- Increased signage outlining advisable precautions (e.g. handwashing)
- Employs the use of a new product called BNC-15 is effective against the coronavirus. This product is utilized by staff on each shift to spray and disinfect all door knobs, ledges, counters, handrails, escalator rails and other surfaces people touch regularly
- Uses a Kaivac Cleaning System with the disinfectant NABC to power wash restrooms regularly
- Housekeepers carry disinfecting wipes in service carts to give immediate aid to customers
- Engages with the federal, state and local health organizations to ensure we receive the latest updates and protocols
- Distributes critical information to key staff members and business partners to help prevent communicable illnesses throughout the venue
What preventative measures are in place at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport?
The Wayne County Airport Authority website has the most update information.
Why did Governor Whitmer Declare a state of emergency in Michigan?
On March 10, the governor of Michigan and the mayor of Detroit both declared states of emergency to maximize efforts to slow the spread of the virus. HERE is a complete list of announcements on Coronavirus from Michigan State.
How is coronavirus spread?
Human coronaviruses like COVID-19 are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
- Close contact (within 6 feet/2 meters);
- Respiratory droplets from a person coughing or sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; and
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.
How can I protect myself?
Actions that can prevent the spread of more common respiratory infections, like the flu, are also effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. These actions include:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid sharing personal items
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze, with a tissue if possible, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces often
- Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet)
- Take care of the emotional health of your household members, including yourself
What does Social Distancing mean?
Social Distancing is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infections or diseases. Social Distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events.
Group gatherings, sleepovers, playdates, concerts, theater outings, athletic events, crowded retail stores, malls, gyms, visitors in your home, hand shakes and hugs. Groups should be less than 10 with six feet between people.
To stay happy:
Participate in online group events and video chats, stream favorite shows, ride a bike, walk in the woods, go to the beach, go for a hike, play in your yard, read a good book, listen to music, meditate, cook a meal, go fishing, roller skate, have family game nights.
Where can I learn more about coronavirus?
A complete list of resources and information can be found HERE
What should I do if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19?
If you have had close contact (within 6 feet/2 meters) with someone who is confirmed to have, or is being evaluated for COVID-19 infection, you should:
- Monitor your health starting from the day you first had close contact with the person and continue for 14 days after you last had close contact with the person.
- Watch for these signs and symptoms: Fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher – take your temperature twice a day; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; dry cough; other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, nausea/vomiting and runny nose.
- If you develop fever or any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away and let them know about your recent travel or exposure and symptoms.
- If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Do employees have access to paid time off if they feel sick?
Yes, TCF Center employees are directed to the Blue Cross Blue Sheild Doctor Online service to ascertain the level of help the level of they may need in case of illness. The service is free of charge. Employees may also visit their personal physician. Paid time off will be applied to any days taken off to recover.
- If the Team Member is eligible for accrued time off, they can use their accrued days to supplement their income while off
- Full time Team Members who are eligible for accrued time off but do not have any time available, will be allowed to borrow up to one week of time if they will accrue that time within the current calendar year
- If overdrawn on accrued time when the Team Members leaves ASM Global, their final wages may be reduced by the borrowed amount, if applicable by law
Employees may contact Matrix to file an FMLA claim if they will be out for any health related reason for (3) or more days. As mentioned above, employees may use accrued time to supplement unpaid FMLA.
Employees who are covered by ASM Global’s disability policy will be approved based upon diagnosis by their health care provider, each claim will differ based upon the employee’s own health condition, and medical records provided to MATRIX, generally speaking COVID-19 is an eligible health condition to file a disability claim.
Employees who suffer loss of employment or reduction of hours due to COVOD-19 are eligible to file a claim for full or partial unemployment benefits.
Based on Executive Order 2020-10 which was signed by Gov. Whitmer, unemployment benefits would be extended to employees based on the following:
Unemployment benefits will include individuals who take a leave of absence to care for a family member with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or if the employee exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has been in contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis during the past 14 days. Exemptions from the new rule's expansions are individuals already on sick leave or receiving disability benefits.
Additionally, unemployment benefits will be extended to “workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off,” as well as “first responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19."
If COVID-19 becomes a problem at TCF Center how will staff, event organizers and attendees be alerted?
Relevant updates will be posted on our website. In addition, TCF Center will communicate with event organizers, partners and other key contacts to relay updates.
"U Can't Touch This" MC Hammer
"Nobody Told Me" John Lennon
"Don't Stop Believin'" Journey
"It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" Mr. Rogers
"The World Turns Upside Down"Hamilton, the musical
"You Gotta Be" Des'ree
"Waiting for the End of the World" Elvis Costello
"I Can't Get Next to You" The Temptations
"Tomorrow" Aileen Quinn, from Annie
"Don't Stand So Close to Me" Police
"Hands Washing Hands" Neil Diamond
10 things to do while staying home
Great List from Crain's Detroit:
What to do with a weekend while stuck at home? Here are our suggestions:
- Play a game of "Social Distancing Bingo."
- Support a local small business by ordering online, buying a gift card or picking up takeout.
- Catch a performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra online.
- Participate in an interactive science demonstration from the Michigan Science Center.
- Enjoy the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection from home.
- Try something new, sharpen an existing skill or just be enriched at Michigan Online.
- Explore The Henry Ford's venues, programs and collections by visiting thehenryford.org.
- Give blood by making an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org, Red Cross Blood Donor app or calling (800) RED-CROSS.
- Hold a virtual food drive via Gleaners Community Food Bank.
- Take a hike at a local park. Find trails at michigan.org/hiking and Huron-Clinton Metroparks.