Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know Today

Schools reopening is 'very unlikely.'

WWJ News
March 27, 2020 - 11:32 am

Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020: 

--  It is the biggest single-day jump in Michigan's confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 801 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total to 3,657. The total includes 32 more deaths as of Friday, for a total of 92 deaths in the state since the outbreak began.

-- New today: the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the age range of those who have died. The youngest victim in the state was 36 years old; the oldest was 92. GET DETAILS HERE.

The health department on Friday published this new map illustrating the breakdown of cases by county. 

map of cases by county march 27
(Image: State of Michigan)

-- Detroit Police Chief James Craig is the latest local public figure to test positive for coronavirus, according to Mayor Mike Duggan, The c chief is said to be doing OK. MORE HERE.

-- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed an Executive Order that pushes all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines to July 2020. She said Michiganers have enough to worry about right now. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- President Donald Trump has signed $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly every American is expected to receive a check. MORE HERE ; Q&A HERE

--  The question is top of mind for parents scrambling to keep kids busy and teachers wondering what's going to happen next: Will Michigan's schools reopen? Speaking live on WWJ 950 Friday morning, Gov. Whitmer indicated the answer is ..."Very unlikely." MORE HERE

--  After Trump issued scathing comments about Whitmer, saying she's "not stepping up," and "doesn't know what's going on," she told WWJ 950 the state is having trouble getting the equipment they need to fight the novel coronavirus. "What I've gotten back is that vendors with whom we've procured contracts -- They're being told not to send stuff to Michigan," Whitmer said live on air. DETAILS HERE

-- Michigan's first full-scale drive-thru testing for COVID-19 began Friday at the former State Fairgrounds, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says it's going "extremely well." The initial plan was to run 100 tests on day one, then ramp up to 300 on Saturday and 400 after that. The mayor said, however, they now intend to do 400 tests on Saturday. 

Note you must have a doctor's order and an appointment to be tested. DETAILS HERE

-- General Motors has announced it will retool its old Warren plant to make masks for healthcare workers. The automaker will also make ventilators in Indiana. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Meanwhile, President Donald Trump attacked GM Friday, alleging that the company promised to build thousands more breathing machines than it can deliver for coronavirus patients and that it wants too much money for them. MORE HERE.

--  Consumers Energy has announced its ban on utility shutoffs will continue through April due to the coronavirus. Earlier this week, CEO Patti Poppe and her family announced they'd donate $1 million to help small businesses in need in her hometown of Jackson. 

-- Kroger is still looking for thousands of workers across the country, including here in Michigan. It needs more than 20,000 workers to help it to continue to provide to keep its shelves stocked with food and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. INFO HERE.

-- One organization voicing concerns about retail store clerks who are stuck right in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. The Midwest Independent Retailers Association says companies need to be doing whatever they can to make sure those workers are safe while on the job. Stores like Meijer,  Kroger, Sam's Club and Walmart have been installing plexiglass barriers at checkout and placing makers on the floor to keep customers six feet away from one another.​

-- These extraordinary times are creating massive stress, anxiety ... and unlikely collaborations as four metro Detroit hospital systems and a leading research university today announced a collaboration to bring large-scale COVID-19 drug trials to southeast Michigan. DETAILS HERE. Doctors from Henry Ford Health System, Ascension Michigan, Beaumont, Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University are teaming up 

-- Improvements are being made to the state's MILogin system, because of increased demand for things like unemployment claims. State officials say the system has NEVER experienced an emergency like this, and they are asking for patience.

-- Waving hands covered in pink latex, a yelling Rep. Haley Stevens of Rochester Hills was ruled out of order today on the U.S. House floor. Video of the incident is getting a lot of attention. WATCH HERE

-- State Rep. Tyrone Carter, a Democrat representing Detroit, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Carter says his symptoms -- fever, body aches and total loss of appetite -- were at their worst last Thursday and Friday Carter, who was on the house floor last Tuesday, said he is feeling nearly "100% better."  READ MORE HERE.

-- The Michigan Poison Center says the number of chemical exposure calls are going up as people try to sterilize amid the COVID-19 pandemic. TIPS AND INFO HERE

-- Detroiters were ticketed after packing Rouge Park during the coronavirus quarantine for a party in the park - See The Video Here

-- The American Red Cross is dealing with a severe blood shortage in metro Detroit. To help a blood drive is being held in Plymouth Township today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sheldon Road.​​ Healthy people are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood, platelets, or plasma.

-- A Meijer employee at the store on Mound near 12 Mile in Warren has tested positive for coronavirus. Meijer says the store has undergone a deep cleaning and will remain open during its new 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. hours. 

-- McDonald's is making changes to its menu as it works to simplify operations for franchise owners who've been forced to limit service to the drive-thru. The fast food giant says it will pare down the menu to the most popular items with some things scheduled to be removed over the next few weeks, including its all-day breakfast. McDonald's is also considering deferring rent and service fees for its franchisees.​

-- Canada has told the U.S. it is strongly opposed to a Trump administration proposal to put troops at the U.S.-Canada border amid the pandemic and said if it goes ahead it would damage relations between the two longtime allies. READ MORE HERE.

-- The three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take action to reduce the spread, including: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid handshakes; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick. Officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. Stay tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 where we will remain live, local and committed to bringing you the latest information during this outbreak. >>LISTEN LIVE!