The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Posted at 5:00 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 04:10:54-04

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3:38 p.m.

On Tuesday, the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that four online retailers selling items on Amazon were sent letter ordering them to stop taking advantage of consumers after there were credible reports made regarding price-gouging in violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA).

So far the AG's office has received 3,096 complaints of COVID-19-related price-gouging. Many of the complaints are on the price-gouging of face masks, hand sanitizer and various food items.

3:00 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan updated the city's response to COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon, talking about how social distancing appeared to be working and outlining new testing for nursing home workers.

Read more in our live blog here.

2:52 p.m.

There are now 845 deaths from COVID-19 and 18,970 confirmed cases in the state of Michigan, according to new numbers released by the state on Tuesday.

That's up 118 deaths and 1,749 cases from the day before, and is the largest single-day increase in deaths, beating the previous high of 110 set the day before on Monday.

1:15 p.m.

The Michigan House joined the Senate in voting to extend the state's emergency declaration by 23 days until April 30.

1:13 p.m.

Revenue for the first quarter and for March at three Detroit casinos was down significantly compared to the year before amid the COVID-19 outbreak and casino closures.

According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, March revenue at MGM Grand Detroit was $23.9 million, down 59.6% from 2019, at MotorCity it was $20.3 million, down 58.7% and at Greektown, it was $13.2 million, also down 58.7%.

Casinos were closed on March 16 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

For the quarter, MGM Grand saw a 19.7% drop, MotorCity saw an 18% drop and Greektown saw a 16.7% drop.

11:12 a.m.

The Michigan Senate voted to extend the state's emergency declaration by 23 days.

The Senate rejected an amendment for a 70-day resolution. This would have granted Governor Gretchen Whitmer greater executive authority during this crisis.

The extension means the emergency declaration will expire on April 30.

9:26 a.m.

Five counties in the western Upper Peninsula are seeing an influx of travelers coming from areas with significant COVID-19 community spread.

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department said Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties are the areas seeing the population increase.

"The increased population to the area places a substantial strain on our communities as travelers seek supplies, such as groceries and toiletries, as well as potentially needing health care in the event they become sick," a public health advisory reads. "During this public health crisis, many rural communities may not be equipped with personnel, supplies or resources for a surge in population."

4:35 a.m.

Lawmakers will meet in Lansing to discuss extending Michigan's current stay-at-home order.

Some Republicans want the order to stay through April and then re-evaluate, whereas Democrats, along with Governor Whitmer, want the order in place through mid-June.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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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.

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