The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Posted at 4:11 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 04:22:12-04

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8:47 p.m.

Cumulative data shows that 56 patients have recovered from the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Officials say recovered cases are defined as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available). The recovered cases from April 3 represent COVID-19 confirmed individuals with an onset date on or prior to March 4, 2020.

4:08 p.m.

In an interview with Grand Rapids TV station WOOD, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the stay-at-home order would be extended.

Whitmer tells the TV station she will make the announcement tomorrow.

3:49 p.m.

DTE Energy Foundation announced Wednesday that it has donated 100,000 KN95 respiratory masks to hospitals in the metro Detroit area. The foundation added that 2 million more masks are also on the way to area hospitals.

3 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to give an update on the city's response to the COVID-19 emergency.

2:53 p.m.

There are now 959 deaths and 20,346 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, according to new numbers released from the state on Wednesday afternoon.

10:06 a.m.

Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency has added staff and expanded hours at call centers to help those people filing for unemployment during the COVID-19 OUTBREAK.

The UIA has extended call center hours by an hour every day 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and it remains open from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday. Customers in the call center and online chat queues before closing time will have their calls or chats resolved that day.

Normal staffing levels are around 130 employees, but they were upped to 300 by March 30 and expect to be at around 500 employees by the end of the week.

7:10 a.m.

GM’s contract is for 30,000 ventilators to be delivered to the Strategic National Stockpile by the end of August 2020, with a production schedule allowing for the delivery of 6,132 ventilators by June 1, 2020. Click here.

7:03 a.m.

The city of Detroit will be providing surgical masks on DDOT buses for those who don’t have one to keep both drivers and riders safe. Click here.

5:51 a.m.

7 Action News reporter Ameera David has a look at a few of the top quarantine friendly deals that may give your tight budget some breathing room, so you don’t waste your money. Click here.

4:27 a.m.

Seniors and staff at nursing homes in the city of Detroit will be tested for COVID-19 starting today. Click here.

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.

See all of our Helping Each Other stories.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.