The latest coronavirus updates: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Posted at 9:20 AM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 04:22:22-04

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9:25 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Saturday that requires the re-connection of water service that was shut off and starting a $2 million grant program to help communities comply with the order.

The order requires public water suppliers to identify homes in the area that don't have water service, and to make the best efforts to restore those homes.

“This is a critical step both for the health of families living without a reliable water source, and for slowing the spread of the Coronavirus,” Whitmer said in a release. “We continue to work to provide all Michiganders – regardless of their geography or income level – the tools they need to keep themselves and their communities protected.”

The order will remain in effect throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, and does not absolve anyone from past-due bills.

9:05 p.m.

The Michigan National Guard' 46th Military Police Command, based in Lansing, has been called to help as part of the national COVID-19 emergency.

FEMA requested the support of the 46th MP command to help provide medical, planning, communication, transportation and logistics support.

The National Guard members will not participate in civilian law enforcement activities.

The guard members will be aiding a majority of the middle third of the U.S., which includes Fema regions five, six and seven. States in those regions include Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

7:03 p.m.

The 2020 North American International Auto Show has been canceled and the TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo, will be turned into a hospital to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

All events of the auto show are canceled, including Motor Bella – scheduled for June 11-14, The Gallery on June 14, press preview days on June 15 and16, AutoMobili-D and the public show from Saturday, June 1-Saturday, June 26.

"We fully support NAIAS organizers in their postponement. The health and safety of our community and those working throughout the industry is our top priority. We look forward to seeing the show’s return in 2021," Ford said in a statement.

4:49 p.m.

Delta is supporting medical volunteers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis by offering free flights to certain regions of the U.S. that have been significantly impacted. Click here.

4:21 p.m.

Genesee County prosecutors have charged a Mt. Morris man with three felonies after he intentionally touched numerous shopping carts at a local grocery store while claiming to be infected with COVID-19. Click here.

3 p.m.

There are now 111 deaths and 4,650 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan, state officials announced Saturday. Click here.

2:02 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he has spoken with some governors and is considering some type of an enforceable quarantine to prevent people in New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut from traveling. Click here.

1:48 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health alert Saturday, warning against the use of non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate to treat COVID-19. Click here.

1:10 p.m.

The Eastern Market is open to customers Saturday, March 28 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Click here.

12:27 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are calling on medical professionals and everyday Michiganders to volunteer their talents and time to save lives. Click here.

11:48 a.m.

A USPS employee at a post office in Farmington has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Click here.

10:16 a.m.

Three students at Western Michigan University has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the university. Click here.

9:28 a.m.

President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in Michigan. 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.