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The latest coronavirus updates: Monday, April 27, 2020

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Posted at 4:44 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 04:10:47-04

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6:29 p.m.

Attorney General William Barr has directed federal prosecutors across the country to “be on the lookout” for state and local coronavirus-related restrictions that could be unconstitutional.

Barr issued a two-page memo on Monday to U.S. attorneys, saying the department would pursue action in court, if necessary. He said federal prosecutors may need to step in if a state or local ordinance “crosses the line” from appropriately exercising authority to an “overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections.”

Many states have issued orders compelling residents to stay home, with limited exceptions like essential trips for food and other supplies to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Department of Justice also announced that United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Matthew Schneider and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eric Dreiband would oversee and coordinate the efforts.

4 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the first steps to re-opening Michigan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Called the "MI Safe Start Plan," it will "take into account the various sectors of our economy, geographic and work-place risk, as well as our public health ability and work-place protocols to mitigate the risk."

According to the state, the plan will be incremental and start with workplace types that pose less risk.

For example, the residential and commercial construction industry will likely be one of the first sectors to return to work.

Officials will continue to monitor the public health and measure success. It will also remain nimble enough to pull back if a spike in coronavirus cases is seen.

Businesses will also have to adopt new safety practices and carefully monitor employees, follow social distancing and provide PPE. Employers are also barred from retaliating against workers who stay home out of a health concern.

Whitmer said they are carefully evaluating a number of industrial sectors for a restart, and there will be a press conference at a future date to talk more about the plan.

3 p.m.

There are now 3,407 deaths and 38,210 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan, according to new numbers released from the State of Michigan on Monday.

That's up 92 deaths and 432 cases from Sunday, when there were 3,315 deaths and 37,778 confirmed cases.

8,342 have recovered from the virus, according to the state. Those numbers are updated every Saturday. Recovery includes confirmed COVID-19 cases who are 30 days out from their onset, but the pool will expand as the pandemic continues.

2:05 p.m.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she may soon allow construction to restart in Michigan if coronavirus hospitalizations continue to drop and testing rises.

The governor, who spoke with Politico, will hold an afternoon news conference with business and health care leaders to discuss how she is assessing the virus’s risk in different economic sectors.

“I would anticipate in the coming days if our trajectory of hospitalizations continues to go down and our ability to test continues to go up that we will go into the next low-risk category,” she said. “That might include some construction, for instance. That might include some additional outdoor enterprises.”

11:25 a.m.

The State of Michigan on Monday began providing coronavirus statistics for long-term care facilities.

The numbers are broken down by county and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also established a regional hub strategy to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19 within nursing facilities.

Within each county, there is a list of the locations and the number of COVID-19 patients per facility.

To view the page, click here.

9:35 a.m.

The Wayne County Public Health Division began compliance monitoring of nursing homes over the weekend after what they call "an alarming spike in the number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths."

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said the division will also hire temporary healthcare workers, as needed, to help with compliance monitoring. They will also reallocate public health nurses to prioritize site visits of the homes.

According to the county, more than 1,400 of the county's 6,759 COVID-19 case are among the nursing home patients and staff. Mor ethan 326 deaths can be traced to long-term care facilities in Wayne County outside of the City of Detroit.

9:25 a.m.

Nearly half of Detroiters say they are likely to run out of money in the next three months due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to a University of Michigan survey.

One in five say they will, assuming families do not receive additional support.

The survey is from UM's Detroit Metro Area Communities Study. Detroiters were polled from March 31 through April 9. Read more here

9:22 a.m.

Both Gov. Whitmer and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will hold press conferences on Monday.

Duggan will speak at 2 p.m. and Whitmer will speak at 4 p.m.

You can watch both press conferences live by clicking here at the time.

12 a.m.

Per Governor Gretchen Whitmer's latest executive order, Michigan employers must provide employees with face coverings. 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.