The latest coronavirus updates: Monday, April 20, 2020

Posted at 4:30 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 04:41:59-04

(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.

10:17 p.m.

President Donald Trump announced late Monday that he plans to sign an executive order to temporarily ban immigration into the US amid the spread of COVID-19.

"In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" Trump tweeted.

Trump did not specify whether there would be any exceptions. More here.

10:01 p.m.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday a strategic plan to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at long-term care facilities.

The strategy will be aimed at protecting both residents and staff at these facilities.

Starting April 21, MDHHS will mandated that all long-term care facilities including nursing homes, homes for the aged, adult foster care facilities and assisted living facilities, submit daily reports.

“We know older Michiganders and those with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Enhanced and timely reporting of cases in long term care facilities, as well as proactive training and technical assistance will help protect these vulnerable individuals.”

The strategy includes the following actions:

  • Mandates enhanced reporting requirements for all long-term care settings.
  • Activates a COVID-19 Infection Prevention Resource and Assessment Team (COVID iPRAT).
  • Establishes MDHHS-designated COVID-19 Regional Hubs.

Read more here.

2:15 p.m.

The City of Detroit will begin testing people for coronavirus without prescriptions and without symptoms at the testing site at the old State Fairgrounds.

According to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, there is the availability for at least 500 appointments per day for people without symptoms.

He said they are testing people without symptoms so they can know if they're infected or not, as many cases show no symptoms.

According to Duggan, all you have to do is call 313-230-0505 to set up an appointment.

2:10 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said that nearly 900 Detroit police officers are back to work after being quarantined.

Speaking on Monday afternoon, Duggan also said that in the last seven days, there have only been seven new quarantines. At one point, they had 100 new quarantines a day.

That means, out of a 2,500 person department, they've averaged just one quarantine a day over the past week.

2 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan provided an update to the city's response to COVID-19.

1:35 p.m.

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter provided an update to coronavirus in the county.

Watch below.

11:23 a.m.

Greenhouses and garden centers in Michigan are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow them to reopen when the stay-at-home order expires on May 1, saying that they have taken necessary precautions.

The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council said they gave the governor's office an action plan on how they would safely operate, provide paychecks and meet the needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

10:49 a.m.

The U.S.-Canadian border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least 30 more days, the countries announced.

The U.S., Mexico and Canada each agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It will remain open to essential travel, and both the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel remain open, but they are not taking cash.

8:57 a.m.

Michigan House Republicans on Monday unveiled their plan for the state's future response to coronavirus in what they're calling the "roadmap to Michigan's recovery."

House Speaker Lee Chatfield released the suggestions which include transitioning to a risk-based, regional approach with three different tiers.

Read the entire plan here

4:44 a.m.

Starting Monday, April 20, all essential workers will be eligible to be tested for COVID-19 in Detroit. 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.