The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Posted at 4:12 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 04:28:25-04

(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.

7:45 p.m.

The state said three cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among patients at two psychiatric hospitals.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the cases are at its Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline and Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital in Westland.

“Our primary focus is the health and safety of our staff and the patients at our state hospitals,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said in a release. “We treat the spread of COVID-19 with the greatest seriousness and are taking many steps to address it.”

7:40 p.m.

Henry Ford Health System is confirming that Marlow Stoudamire has died of the coronavirus.

Stoudamire is a former Community & Diversity Manager and project director of international busines sstrategy at Henry Ford Health System. He was also a community leader, including as leader of the Detroit Historical Society’s award-winning Detroit 67: Looking Back to MOVE FORWARD project about the 1967 riots.

“An amazing man, husband, friend and one of the best dads that I have ever met lost his life to COVID-19 today,” said Mr. Stoudamire’s mentor and close friend, Bob Riney, President of Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Henry Ford Health System in a news release. “Marlowe was a devoted Detroit advocate who would light up any room with his ideas and strategic thinking. He was tireless in his love and care for others. My wife and I are heartbroken for this devastating loss. We will continue the fight of this terrible pandemic in his honor.”

6:40 p.m.

Beaumont Health says they have nearly 450 confirmed COVID-19 patients admitted to their hospitals, and another 185 patients admitted with pending COVID-19 tests. They also said they are facing "limitations and nearing capacity with our staffing" amid the coronavirus outbreak. Click here

6:00 p.m.

During a coronavirus press conference from the White House, President Donald Trump said he still wants to get the country moving again by Easter. However, he said. "Our decision will be based on hard facts and data as to the opening."

Trump was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who areas of the country that aren't a hotspot still have an opportunity to contain the virus. Dr. Fauci also said he is advising the president to be flexible on any date to reopen the country.

It was also said during the news conference, that based on data it looks as if people who left New York City before the lockdown was put into place have been spreading the virus to other parts of the country.So they are advising anyone who has recently travelled from NYC to self-quarantine for 14 days.

4:01 p.m.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is warning that a Detroit-area hospital system is “almost at capacity” treating people with the coronavirus. The news came Tuesday as the state's stay-at-home order kicked in to reduce the spread.

The governor told WDET-FM that Beaumont Health, which has eight hospitals in Wayne and Oakland counties, is near capacity and “we have not seen the worse of it yet.”

3:12 p.m.

There are now 24 confirmed deaths as a result of COVID-19 in Michigan. Currently, there are 1,791 total positive COVID-19 cases in the state. Click here.

1:30 p.m.

Businesses in Oakland County that are remaining open during the stay-at-home order will have tighter restrictions, Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter announced. Click here.

12:30 p.m.

We've gotten a lot of questions from viewers about how the order will be enforced. There are layers to enforcement and police say it starts with you. Click here.

11:32 a.m.

An auto shop in metro Detroit is offering medical workers a free oil change. Click here.

10:34 a.m.

Police throughout the state are urging people not to call 911 if you see someone not following the stay-at-home order issued Monday. Click here.

10:14 a.m.

Japan and the IOC have agreed to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo for up to one year. Click here.

9:38 a.m.

A group of teenagers who filmed themselves coughing near others at a Virginia grocery store prompted a police investigation and prompted the store to discard fresh produce. Click here.

8:38 a.m.

Golf season is coming up in Michigan, and on a nice day in March, it's likely you'll see people hitting the links throughout the area. With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order though, courses are wondering if they can stay open. Click here.

8:16 a.m.

The stay-at-home order signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday also means that bottle return service in Michigan will come to a halt. Click here.

8:06 a.m.

All Michigan Secretary of State branch offices will be closed, per Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order. Click here.

7:47 a.m.

Chinese authorities are lifting a two-month lockdown of most of coronavirus-hit Hubei province, as domestic cases of the virus continue to subside. Click here.

7:42 a.m.

Ford Motor Company is teaming up with 3M, GE Healthcare and the UAW to quickly expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers, first responders and patients fighting the novel coronavirus. Click here.

6:55 a.m.

As hospitals and health care facilities run dangerously low on critical supplies, Jo-Ann Fabrics giving customers free materials to make face masks. Click here.

6:04 a.m.
Scam artists are preying on older people’s fears by peddling fake tests for the coronavirus to Medicare recipients, a federal law enforcement agency warned on Monday. Click here.

6:01 a.m.
Top congressional and White House officials emerged from grueling negotiations at the Capitol over the nearly $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package saying they expected to reach a deal Tuesday. Click here.

5:47 a.m.
A Detroit Police Department member has died from the novel coronavirus, according to the department. DPD Chief James Craig will hold an 11 a.m. press conference Tuesday to discuss the department's first loss. Click here.

5:42 a.m.
Washing your hands and sanitizing surfaces are important in the fight against the coronavirus. But one area you might have overlooked? Your car. These are the best ways to disinfect your car to fight off COVID-19. Click here.

4:52 a.m.
IOC members, national Olympic committees and athletes were all racing toward the same conclusion Monday: The Tokyo Olympics are not going to take place this summer. Click here.

4:48 a.m.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued a three-week order that residents stay at home and not gather in public or private with people who are not part of their household, with exceptions. We have a list of who and what is exempted. Click here.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued a three-week order that residents stay at home and not gather in public or private with people who are not part of their household, with exceptions. We have a list of who and what is exempted. Click here.
Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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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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See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.