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4,179 deaths, 44,397 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Michigan

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Posted at 2:51 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 14:55:41-04

(WXYZ) — There are now 4,179 deaths and 44,397 cases of coronavirus in Michigan, according to the latest numbers released by the State of Michigan.

That's up 44 deaths and 447 cases from Monday, when there were 4,135 deaths and 43,950 cases. Of those, 8 deaths were not previously reported

15,659 have recovered from the virus, according to the state. Those numbers are updated every Saturday, with the latest numbers coming tomorrow. Recovery includes confirmed COVID-19 cases who are 30 days out from their onset, but the pool will expand as the pandemic continues.

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On Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders are valid under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act and asked local law enforcement agencies to continue enforcement.

It came after the state legislature passed a concurrent resolution that said the states of emergency and disaster caused confusion and frustration among law enforcement officials.

“COVID-19 has created a public health crisis of unprecedented gravity in our lifetime. To date, the most effective means to contain an infectious pandemic is to keep people away from each other. In promulgating Executive Order 2020-69 and Executive Order 2020-70, the Governor has done just that by placing restrictions on certain activities to limit social interactions. The absence of these restrictions would open gateways for the virus to reach every family and social network in every part of the State," Nessel said in a release."

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