The latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Posted at 8:25 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 07:45:11-04

(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.

8:14 p.m.

A United Nations agency says nearly 25 million people worldwide could lose their job because of the coronavirus. Click here

7:09 p.m.

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel to close Saturday to nonessential traffic amid COVID-19 outbreak. Click here

6:38 p.m.

The Senate is set to unveil a stimulus plan that includes $1,200 payments for most Americans. Click here

5:38 p.m.

The Federal Government's efforts to fight COVID-19 has made paid sick leave available to some Americans. Click here

5:16 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whimer has written to President Donald Trump, asking to use federal funds to mobilize the National Guard to fight the coronavirus. Click here

4:38 p.m.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has declared a State of Emergency in his city because of the coronavirus. Click here

3:14 p.m.

The State of Michigan has announced there are now 334 cases of coronavirus in Michigan. Click here

2:50 p.m.

Meijer has announced they are changing hours, and launching special shopping slots for vulnerable and essential groups. Click here

2:46 p.m.

City of Detroit sets up program to 'rescue' surplus food from local restaurants. Click here

2:14 p.m.

The Mayor of Southgate says the first coronavirus death in Michigan was a man from his city. Click here

1:46 p.m.

Italy has announced their latest coronavirus numbers, and the totals have pushed them past China in terms of COVID-19 related deaths. Click here

1:42 p.m.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning consumers about scam phone calls that are spoofing health department phone numbers. Click here

1:16 p.m.

The State Department is warning all Americans who are abroad that they should come home or be prepared to shelter in place. Click here

1:03 p.m.

Several companies have announced they are hiring help due to an increase in traffic due to the coronavirus. Click here

12:32 p.m.

Art Van says they are suspending all sales because of the coronavirus. Click here

12:19 p.m.

Delta says they are making it even easier for travelers to change their plans if their trips are affected by the coronavirus. Click here

11:51 a.m.

A new website is aiming to help bartenders and servers who have been hurt by coronavirus shutdowns. Click here

10:33 a.m.

Both Kohl's and JCPenney have announced they are closing their stores because of the coronavirus. Click here

9:40 a.m.

Two more deaths are being reported in Michigan from the coronavirus. Click here

9:07 a.m.

The Labor Department reports that unemployment claims rose by 70K over the last week. Click here

8:47 a.m.

At least 23 states have reported at least one death from the coronavirus. Click here

8:24 a.m.

The New York Times is reporting that three people in the same New Jersey family have died of COVID-19. Click here

7:54 a.m.

All Michigan trial courts have been ordered to limit their activity to essential functions only. Click here

7:38 a.m.

The Transportation Security Administration says they are allowing expired driver's licenses for travel purposes during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here

6:29 a.m.

Police Chief James Craig says his officers have been instructed to take precautions to avoid the coronavirus. Click here

5:44 a.m.

While their lines are shutting down, Ford and General Motors are talking with the White House about making medical equipment. Click here

5:09 a.m.

Beaumont has released an online tool to asses your risk for COVID-19. 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.