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The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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Posted at 4:42 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 04:25:28-04

(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.

3:45 p.m.

Congress has reached a tentative agreement with President Donald Trump on a nearly $500 billion coronavirus relief bill.

The US Senate voted in favor of the bill on Tuesday with a small group of senators pushing the bill through in whats known as a "pro forma session." Sen. Rand Paul spoke up to say he objected to the bill being voted on without the full Senate, but stopped short of forcing the entire Senate to return to Washington.

The bill now moves to the House.

4:44 p.m.

Some form of Michigan’s stay home order will continue according to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as some states begin to reopen their economies.

Whitmer wrote in a New York Times opinion editorial that she has made “gut-wrenching choices” during the coronavirus pandemic.

“These choices have been tough," Whitmer wrote. "They haven’t always been popular."

The governor appears to be poised to make another likely unpopular decision.

When asked if her stay home order will be extended in a Washington Post live interview Tuesday, Governor Whitmer replied “Some form of an order will continue on.”

More here.

2:56 p.m.

There are now 2,700 deaths from COVID-19 in Michigan and 32,967 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to new numbers released on Tuesday afternoon.

That's up from 2,468 deaths and 32,000 cases reported on Monday, which also saw the lowest increase in cases since March 26.

The increase in deaths was the highest since the outbreak began with 232. Before that, 205 deaths on April 10 was the highest.

8:50 a.m.

Dozens of workers at a Michigan meat plant have tested positive for coronavirus, according to our sister station Fox 17 in Grand Rapids.

Fox 17 reports that between April 1-17, the Allegan County Health Department got 21 messages from people concerned about the working conditions at the JBS Beef Plant. In all, 60 people who worked there tested positive for coronavirus.

8:49 a.m.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says agreement has been reached on major elements of a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package for small businesses, as well as additional help for hospitals and virus testing. Click here.

8:20 a.m.

Beaumont Health is temporarily laying off about 2,475 employees and permanently eliminating about 450 positions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO John Fox will take a 70% temporary pay cut to his base salary.

The other members of Beaumont's executive leadership team will also take temporary pay cuts up to 45 percent of their total compensation.

Beaumont says the staff members who are being temporarily laid off are mostly hospital administrative staff and others who are not directly caring for patients with or without COVID-19.

7:43 a.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and CVS Health will provide drive-through COVID-19 testing in Dearborn. Testing will be conducted in the parking lot of the Henry Ford Centennial Library. A doctor's referral is not required. Click here.

7:29 a.m.

As the Internal Revenue Service deposits Economic Impact Payments into the bank accounts of qualifying Americans, those who receive Social Security benefits and dependent children need to enter their information on the IRS' website by Wednesday to receive their payments as soon as possible. Click here.

6:20 a.m.

The World Health Organization said Tuesday that rushing to ease coronavirus restrictions will likely lead to a resurgence of the illness, a warning that comes as governments start rolling out plans to get their economies up and running again. Click here.

5:28 a.m.

Hundreds of Amazon workers are expected to call out sick today in protest of unsafe working conditions. 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.