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The latest coronavirus updates: Friday, April 17, 2020

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Posted at 4:47 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 10:06:16-04

(WXYZ) — All of the updates on the coronavirus and the incredible impact it's having on our lives can be hard to keep up with. To help you keep up, we'll post this daily blog on our homepage. You can find all of our stories on our coronavirus page.

2:57 p.m.

There are now 2,227 deaths and 30,023 casesof coronavirus in Michigan, according to the latest numbers released by the state on Friday afternoon.

That's up from 2,093 deaths and 29,263 cases that were reported on Thursday.

Michigan ranks fourth in the country in the number of cases behind New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and third in the country in deaths behind New York and New Jersey.

2:40 p.m.

An oral therapy that has been studied in laboratory experiments and clinical trials at the Karmanos Cancer Institute will enter clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19.

Selinexor is approved at higher doses by the FDA as a treatment for cancer patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma.

2:30 p.m.

Former Detroit Tigers Pitcher Justin Verlander and his wife, Kate Upton, are working to help the Detroit Police Department.

In a tweet, Verlander and Upton said they were "heartbroken to hear what's happening in Detroit," especially with the police department.

2:10 p.m.

The state of Michigan has teamed up with Headspace to give Michiganders free access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Friday, Michiganders can get a specially-curated collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditaations, along with at-home workouts, that buide people through mindful exercises, sleep and kids content to help reduce stress and anxiety.

You have to visit www.headspace.com/MI to access these tools to while you stay home and stay safe.

12:24 p.m.

The state of Michigan has teamed up with Headspace to give Michiganders free access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Friday, Michiganders can get a specially-curated collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditaations, along with at-home workouts, that buide people through mindful exercises, sleep and kids content to help reduce stress and anxiety.

You have to visit www.headspace.com/MI to access these tools to while you stay home and stay safe.

11:22 a.m.

President Donald Trump tweeted "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" on Friday morning.

It was one of three tweets sent out about liberating states with Democratic governors.

8:05 a.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she's hoping to have "some relaxing" of the coronavirus limitations by May 1.

Speaking to Good Morning America on Friday morning, Whitmer was responding to a question George Stephanopoulos asked about Ohio's governor – who said he hopes to start opening things back up by May 1.

"I do hope to have some relaxing come May 1, but it's two weeks away and the information and the data and our ability to test is changing so rapidly it's hard to tell precisely where we'll be in a week from now much less two," Whitmer said on Friday.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Read our daily Coronavirus Live Blog for the latest updates and news on coronavirus.

Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.

View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.

Find out how you can help metro Detroit restaurants struggling during the pandemic.

See all of our Helping Each Other stories.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.