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Michigan COVID-19 deaths climb to 5,223; cases pass 54,000

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Posted at 2:56 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 14:54:02-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan now has 5,223 deaths and 54,365 positive cases of COVID-19, according to new numbers released by the state Saturday.

That's up 452 cases and 65 deaths compared to Friday's numbers.

Over the last week, the percentage of positive cases has decreased. It's the third-lowest number of cases since March 2020, with the lowest number of cases reported on May 4.

33,168 people have recovered from the virus, the state said. Those numbers are updated every Saturday.

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."

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