Michigan coronavirus deaths climb to 5,129; cases surpass 53,500

Posted at 2:59 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 15:02:21-04

(WXYZ) — The number of deaths from coronavirus is now at 5,129 while the number of cases is up to 53,510, according to the latest numbers from the State of Michigan on Thursday.

That's up 69 deaths and 501 cases from the day before. According to the state, 31 of those deaths didn't actually happen the day before and came from a regular review of vital records done three times per week.

28,234 people have recovered from the virus, the state said. Those numbers are updated every Saturday.

The state also continues to test a high number of people, with more than 18,000 being tested on Tuesday alone.

On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced more businesses will be able to reopen, and small gatherings are now allowed to happen.

Gatherings of 10 or less people can be allowed immediately with social distancing measures in place. On top of that, auto dealerships and retail businesses can open by appointment-only starting on May 26, and nonessential medical, dental and veterinary procedures can begin May 29.

She also noted that a short-term temporary extension of the stay-at-home order will likely be necessary to avoid the risk of a second wave of COVID-19.

"As you are re-engaging, be smart and continue to do your part," she said. "What we don't want to do is simply drop all of our guard, just simply re-engage as though nothing has changed."

Editor's Note: A previous verison of this story incorrectly reported the cases were at 55,510. It has been changed to 53,510.

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