Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020:
-- There are 564 new cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, according to heath officials, bringing the total to 2,856. That includes 60 deaths in total across the state.
New today: The state is now reporting total testing numbers, as well. As of Wednesday, 9,109 tests had been issued, 6,550 of which were negative. GET DETAILS HERE.
-- Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today she requesting a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump to help support Michigan residents through the coronavirus crisis. Of paramount concern, she said, is a shortage of needed medical supplies. GET DETAILS HERE.
-- Michigan is setting up its first full-scale drive-thru testing site for COVID-19. Testing will begin Friday at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse at the former State Fairgrounds. Officials hope to test 400-500 people per day. GET DETAILS HERE.
-- State Rep. Tyrone Carter, a Democrat representing Detroit, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Carter says his symptoms -- fever, body aches and total loss of appetite -- were at their worst last Thursday and Friday Carter, who was on the house floor last Tuesday, said he is feeling nearly "100% better." READ MORE HERE.
-- The Michigan Poison Center says the number of chemical exposure calls are going up as people try to sterilize amid the COVID-19 pandemic. TIPS AND INFO HERE.
-- Congress is poised to approve an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package that will provide one-time checks for most Americans. Find out when you'll get the money, how much, and more answers in a Q&A HERE.
-- The American Red Cross is dealing with a severe blood shortage in metro Detroit. To help a blood drive is being held in Plymouth Township today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sheldon Road. Healthy people are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood, platelets, or plasma.
-- Health systems in metro Detroit are asking the governor for help as hospitals reach capacity and the case count continues to climb. Between Beaumont and Henry Ford, the hospital systems are caring for more than 1,000 coronavirus patients at 13 hospitals. Beaumont says it is reaching capacity, while the Henry Ford Health System said it is at capacity. GET DETAILS HERE
-- Health Department officials in Washtenaw County have issued an emergency order requiring businesses that are staying open to screen workers for the coronavirus. The order, which takes effect at 6 p.m. today, requires businesses to screen all of their employees for symptoms. Employees who cannot work remotely will also be required to maintain social distancing. GET DETAILS HERE
-- Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps today to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus, despite concerns being voiced by the UAW. GET DETAILS HERE.
-- A Meijer employee at the store on Mound near 12 Mile in Warren has tested positive for coronavirus. Meijer says the store has undergone a deep cleaning and will remain open during its new 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. hours.
-- An Amazon worker at the Romulus distribution center has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was last seen at work on March 17, according to an internal message shared with employees. At least six Amazon employees across the country have tested positive for the virus.
-- McDonald's is making changes to its menu as it works to simplify operations for franchise owners who've been forced to limit service to the drive-thru. The fast food giant says it will pare down the menu to the most popular items with some things scheduled to be removed over the next few weeks, including its all-day breakfast. McDonald's is also considering deferring rent and service fees for its franchisees.
-- The QLine is reducing its hours starting today. Two streetcars will run up Woodward Avenue from from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. That's a 50 percent reduction. All QLine rides are currently free..
-- Canada has told the U.S. it is strongly opposed to a Trump administration proposal to put troops at the U.S.-Canada border amid the pandemic and said if it goes ahead it would damage relations between the two longtime allies. READ MORE HERE.
-- The three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take action to reduce the spread, including: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid handshakes; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick. Officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.