The latest coronavirus updates: Friday, April 24, 2020

Posted at 4:25 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 09:08:13-04

(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.

5:41 p.m.

The temporary hospital at the Suburban Collection Showplace is able to accept COVID-19 patients as of Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office announced Monday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District led the conversion of the 250,000 square foot facility into a medical center in just over two weeks.

“There has been tremendous collaboration on our alternate care facilities in Michigan, helping to provide critical capacity for our hospitals during this global pandemic,” Whitmer said. “The efforts involved by so many, including the USACE – Detroit Division, the Michigan National Guard and Ascension Michigan, to get a second medical facility operational in two weeks once again demonstrates the innovation and collaboration that is helping Michigan get the upper hand in the fight against COVID-19.”

3:33 p.m.

The City of Detroit has completed coronavirus testing at dozens of nursing homes in the city.

According to the city, the testing strategy for all 26 nursing homes was completed on schedule by Thursday.

Chief Health Officer Denise Fair said they know the virus can thrive at nursing homes, and they wanted to put seniors first.

They tested around 1,900 people, and found 478 confirmed cases – which equals a 25% infection rates. Of those, there were 150 deaths.

2:50 p.m.

The number of coronavirus deaths in Michigan has risen to 3,085 while the number of cases is now at 36,641, according to new numbers released by the state of Michigan on Friday.

That's up 108 deaths and 1,350 cases from Thursday, when there were 2,977 deaths and 35,291 cases in the state.

9:45 a.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lengthened her stay-at-home order through May 15 while relaxing restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in more outdoor activities like golf and motorized boating. Click here.

8 a.m.

A group of Target workers say they are planning a "sick out" on May 1.

Target Workers Unite!, a non-union coalition of Target employees, say workers from 50 of the store's more than 1,000 locations plan to call in sick on May 1 to protest what they say is a lack of corporate support amid the coronavirus pandemic. Click here.

7:33 a.m.

President Donald Trump will be holding a signing ceremony Friday for a bill providing a nearly $500 billion infusion of coronavirus spending.

It's aimed at rushing new relief to employers and hospitals buckling under the strain of a pandemic that has claimed almost 50,000 American lives and one in six U.S. jobs. Click here.

6:39 a.m.

Businesses around Michigan are being urged to donate food to the Food Bank Council of Michigan and other nonprofits to help restock food pantries struggling to meet demand during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here.

6:30 a.m.

Big public companies that received loans under a government program intended to help small businesses devastated by the coronavirus outbreak could be forced to return it. Click here.

6:28 a.m.

Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature said they will meet Friday to pass bills to rein in the emergency powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and create a committee to oversee the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, a dramatic strike against the Democrat amid the health crisis. Click here.

4:49 a.m.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to announce a second extension of the stay-at-home order today.

The current one expires at the end of the month. And this comes as state Republicans are pushing back — looking to curb the governor’s authority during this state of emergency. Watch live COVID-19 update here..

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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

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