The latest coronavirus updates: Monday, April 6, 2020

Posted at 5:19 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 04:59:56-04

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Scheduled events are put into the blog at the time they will occur.

7:10 p.m.

The Suburban Collection Showplace has been designated as a facility for treating COVID-19 patients and will be set up to provide 250,000 sq. ft. and bed space for 1,000 coronavirus patients. CLICK HERE

5:52 p.m.

If you had COVID-19 symptoms but couldn’t get tested, there’s a new product that could help you find out if you’ve had the virus. The FDA has given emergency use authorization for an antibody test - and it’s the first for the United States.

4:35 p.m.

The City of Detroit has committed to feeding workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Mike Duggan announced Monday. The initiative is called "The Feed the Front Lines" effort. The city predicts that more than 10,000 meals will be distributed to Detroit police, EMS, fire, health care employees and other frontline workers.

4:08 p.m.

Fiat Chrysler says they plan to "progressively restart" US and Canadian operation beginning May 4 after previously putting a halt to operation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

3:00 p.m

Mayor Mike Duggan is set to update Detroit's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

2:47 p.m.

There are now 727 deaths and 17,221 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Michigan, according to new numbers released by the state on Monday afternoon.

That's an increase of 110 deaths from Sunday, the largest single-day increase from the day before, while the cases are up more 1,500 from 15,718 on Sunday.

More than two-thirds of the cases are in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Detroit is the highest with 5,032 cases and 196 deaths.

1:17 p.m.

The 2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix has been canceled amid the COVID-19 outbreak. It was scheduled May 29-31 at Belle Isle Park.

Grand Prix organizers said that it was not possible to host the event at the end of May, and were unable to secure an alternate date for the event.

“The Grand Prix is a very important event for Belle Isle Park, the City of Detroit, the City of Windsor and all of southeast Michigan. It is certainly disappointing that it won’t take place this year, but the health and safety of everyone at the Grand Prix is always our top priority,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Detroit Grand Prix. “We looked at every possible scenario to reschedule the race, but all of them would have been too disruptive to the hundreds of fall events that will take place on Belle Isle. Some events, like weddings, family reunions and festivals, have been scheduled a year in advance and it would not be right to alter anyone’s plans. We look forward to the Grand Prix returning in 2021 as we continue our mission of revitalizing Belle Isle Park and providing significant support to the Belle Isle Conservancy, while helping to inject millions of dollars in economic benefit to our cities and our region.”

10:30 a.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the high volume of filings for unemployment outpaces even the toughest week during the Great Recession.

Whitmer said Michigan's unemployment agency has been completely inundated. The state has been working to increase the website capacity.

"I understand how frustrating this can be," Whitmer said. "I want you to know we will get to you."

10:15 a.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave an update on the state's response to COVID-19 on Monday morning, saying that metro Detroit hospital systems are running low on personal protection equipment (PPEs).

According to Whitmer, there are less than 3 days until N95 masks run out at Beaumont Health System. At Henry Ford Health System, it's 4 days, and at the DMC, there are less than 10 days.

For all three health systems, there are less than three days until face shields run out, and less than six days until surgical gowns run out.

That does not include private donations, and the state said it is a vast improvement from last week when they were living day-to-day.

The state is distributing 1.2 million surgical masks that were procured on the open market, and FEMA is shipping more than 1 million N95 masks to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties this week.

10 a.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer updated the state's response to COVID-19 on Monday.

Watch her press conference below.

5:15 a.m.
Detroit and Wayne County continue to be a national focus in the COVID-19 outbreak, with Detroit having the third highest number of cases in the country.

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