The latest coronavirus updates: Friday, March 27, 2020

Posted at 4:23 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 09:20:40-04

(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.

6:15 p.m.

Information compiled by Johns Hopkins indicates that the US has become the first country to pass the 100,000 cases barrier for COVID-19. Click here

5:25 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday moving the city and state income tax filing deadlines to July 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective immediately, state of Michigan and city of Detroit income tax returns and payments will now be due before midnight on July 15. Other state of Michigan cities with income taxes will normally due on April 15 also be due on July 15, while cities with income taxes due before April 30 will now be due July 31.

4:29 p.m.

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would invoke powers granted to him under the Defense Protection Act to order General Motors to begin producing ventilators to address a nationwide shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

4:15 p.m.

The QLINE will temporarily suspend service starting next week due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the M-1 RAIL, service will stop following the end of the day on Sunday. It's to help protect the health and safety of customers and employees.

4:09 p.m.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig has tested positive for COVID-19, Mayor Mike Duggan said Friday.

Duggan said that in all, 39 officers have tested positive for COVID-19 and another 468 are on quarantine.

4 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is speaking abou tthe city's response to COVID-19.

3:30 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to speak at 4 p.m. Friday to update the city's response to COVID-19. Watch live here at 4 p.m.

He'll also address the Detroit Police Department battling coronavirus and the first day of drive-thru testing at the state fairgrounds.

3 p.m.

There are now 92 deaths and 3,657 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, the state announced on Friday.

Those numbers took a big jump, up 32 deaths and nearly 800 cases from the previous day.

11:10 a.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday morning that it's "very unlikely" schools will resume this year.

Speaking to WWJ Newsradio 950, Whitmer said "We are working diligently to come up with a plan to meet the needs of our kids. I think anyone who's watching what is happening globally with this pandemic knows it's probably very unlikely they're going to get back into school before the end of the year."

9:30 a.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is assessing facilities for the possible conversion into alternate care facilities as part of the effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personnel from FEMA, USACE and state/local emergency management and medical personnel are conducting initial and in-depth site assessments at multiple locations.

"The State of Michigan has asked FEMA for assistance in responding to a critical shortage in hospital space due to the spread of this virus," said Lt. Col. Gregory Turner, Detroit District commander. "We're going to bring the full resources of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and our engineering expertise to bear against this problem. That's our mission: to engineer solutions to the nation's toughest challenges."

9:21 a.m.

Congress hopes to move quickly on delivering massive, unprecedented legislation to speed help to individuals and businesses as the coronavirus pandemic takes a devastating toll on the U.S. economy and a health care system straining to keep up. Click here.

8:17 a.m.

Two students at Central Michigan University have tested positive for COVID-19. Click here.

7:59 a.m.

A leaked memo from Henry Ford Health System being shared around social media is not an active policy, and is a "worst case scenario," according to a hospital spokesperson. Click here.

7:52 p.m.

President Donald Trump slammed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer again during an interview on Fox News Thursday after she criticized the federal government's slow response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here.

7:41 a.m.

Michigan golf courses will have to close under the stay-at-home order signed earlier this week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Click here.

7:30 a.m.

Detroit musicians are connecting with fans during Michigan's stay-at-home order. Click here.

7:27 a.m.

The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Click here.

7:21 a.m.

There are new changes to the express bus taking riders from Detroit to Ann Arbor. Click here.

6:30 a.m.

Auto body shops are remaining opening during the coronavirus pandemic, and some are offering special deals for essential works still hitting the roads. Click here.

5:30 a.m.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, people are being asked to limit the time they spend in public. But there are essential things you may have to leave your house for: food, gas, cash. All the surfaces you end up touching when you’re out could be contaminated with coronavirus. Click here.

4:34 a.m.

Detroit is set to begin its drive-thru coronavirus testing today. Click here.

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.