The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Posted at 4:28 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 04:16:28-04

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4:45 p.m.

Two hospitals that are part of the Henry Ford Health System are at capacity treating COVID-19 patients.

As of 9 a.m. today, Henry Ford Health System was treating 282 patients across five hospitals. In all, there have been 462 confirmed positive cases at the hospital.

"Today our capacity is quite full in those two hospitals especially the West Bloomfield and the Henry Ford hospital in Detroit," Dr. Betty Chu with Henry Ford Health System said. "We’ve had surgical cases moved from the Henry Ford Hospital campus to one of our other campuses. We fortunately have the luxury of having some additional capacity right now in some of our campuses."

3:30 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says he will establish a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in the city.

The drive thru testing will begin Friday at the Joe Dumars Field House at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. Appointments are being taken starting today. A doctor's prescription is required to be tested.

Once the prescription is obtained, either the doctor or patient can call 313-230-0505 to schedule an appointment. Calls can be made from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days a week.

The site will have the capacity to conduct 400 tests per day, for a total of 14,400 over a six-week period. Fifty cars an hour will be scheduled so there will be no back up or long lines.

2:10 p.m.

There are now 43 confirmed deaths connected to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan.

There are 2,295 total positive cases in the state. That's up 19 deaths from the previous day and 507 cases.

10:30 a.m.

The seventh annual Freep Film Festival has been postponed until December, organizers announced on Wednesday. The festival was originally scheduled for April 22-26, but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed that. Click here.

10:16 a.m.

Michiganders are getting a good grade for social distancing, according to data and analytics firm Unacast. Click here.

10:15 a.m.

As racing tracks close due to coronavirus, 1,500 greyhounds are now looking for homes. Click here.

9:32 a.m.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Starbucks is offering free brewed coffee to first responders and frontline workers. Click here.

9:31 a.m.

Wayne County and TCF Financial Corporation announced a $10 million partnership on Wednesday to fund low-interest loans for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here.

9:21 a.m.

University of Michigan professor says grocery stores are not equipped to keep up with level of demand during a pandemic. Click here.

9:12 a.m.

The 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference has been moved to August amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Detroit Regional Chamber Announced.

The annual event will now take place Monday, Aug. 10 through Thursday, Aug. 13 on Mackinac Island. It was originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29.

8:56 a.m.

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) is giving tips to people who are looking to apply for unemployment avid the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here.

8:51 a.m.

WDIV Local 4's news anchor Evrod Cassimy has tested positive for COVID-19, the station reports. Click here.

7:58 a.m.

Social distancing isn’t always easy to practice, and in jail, it can sometimes be impossible. Which is why Sheriffs throughout metro Detroit are taking steps to thin their inmate populations – before COVID-19 takes hold. Click here.

7:36 a.m.

Deaths linked to COVID-19 in the United States now total more than 800, including nearly 200 in New York City alone, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins. Click here.

7:34 a.m.

Two staff members who work in the Birmingham School District have received positive test results for COVID-19. Click here.

6:55 a.m.

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Click here.

5:41 a.m.

Kroger stores will begin installing plexiglass partitions at cash registers this week to protect workers and customers from COVID-19. Click here.

4:25 a.m.

Amazon has begun delaying the delivery of some items it has deemed "non-essential" as the online retailer shifts its business strategy to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here.

4:14 a.m.

The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. 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.