Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Officials say at least three people in Michigan have died from the coronavirus outbreak. A woman in her 50s with other health complications died at McLaren Oakland medical center in Pontiac. An 81-year-old man died at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Both died Wednesday, along with a man at a Beaumont Health hospital in Wayne County. Michigan is reporting at least 110 COVID-19 cases, but the number is a lagging one because county health departments are getting more timely information. Oakland County has at least 94 cases. Amtrak stopped running trains between Chicago and Grand Rapids.

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is suspending its dividend to preserve cash as vehicles sales fade due to the coronavirus outbreak. The company said it’s drawing on two credit lines to put another $15.4 billion in cash on its balance sheet. Like other companies, Ford also withdrew its financial guidance for the year Thursday. The cash Ford saves will be used to offset the impact on working capital due to factory shutdowns. On Wednesday Ford and other automakers announced that they will close all of their North American factories in the coming days. Factories in Europe and elsewhere have already been shut down. Ford’s shares fell 7.1% just after the opening bell to a level not seen in about a decade. 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Closing schools to combat the spread of the coronavirus has prompted several states to cancel the standardized testing that is dreaded by students and teachers alike. Many states were scheduled to begin testing in April but now face school closures that could last weeks or longer. States are asking federal education officials to waive federal testing requirements. Many states use high-stakes testing to advance students to the next grade level and rate schools and teachers. Education groups also say bringing kids in for testing after weeks of online learning wouldn’t be fair to them.

DETROIT (AP) — Concerns about the spreading coronavirus has forced most of North America’s auto plants to close temporarily. Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota said on Wednesday they would shut down all factories in the region, citing concerns for employees who work in close quarters building automobiles. Nissan is closing U.S. factories. In addition, Hyundai closed its Alabama plant after a worker tested positive for the virus. Detroit’s three automakers said their closures would begin this week, while Honda and Toyota will start next week. Nissan will close U.S. plants starting Friday. Closings will run from a few days to over two weeks, but most automakers said they’ll have to evaluate the spread of the virus before reopening.