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State reports low daily death total, with 638 new COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 2:51 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 16:10:09-04

(WXYZ) — There are now 4,891 deaths and 51,142 cases of coronavirus in Michigan, according to numbers released from the State of Michigan Sunday afternoon.

That's up 11 deaths, which is one of the lowest daily totals in months, and 638 cases from Saturday when there were 4,880 deaths from the coronavirus and 50,504 cases.

The state saw a massive spike in cases on Thursday as they got backlogged results and saw increased testing at correctional facilities in the state.

Overall, 28,234 have recovered from the virus, according to the state. Recovery includes confirmed COVID-19 cases who are 30 days out from their onset, but the pool will expand as the pandemic continues.

Michigan also tested a record 23,647 people on May 13, nearly 10,000 more than the previous testing record set on May 12.

Of those tests 10.7% came back positive, the first time that rate has been more than 10% since April 30.

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On Friday, the Michigan Court of Claims heard oral arguments in the Republican-led lawsuit against Gov. Whitmer, and she gave another update on Friday afternoon.

Also Friday, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) announced new workplace guidelines for employers and employees as people begin going back to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

MIOSHA also created a new hotline to answer questions – 855-SAFEC19 (855-723-3219). You can read those guidelines here.

It's expected the Big 3 will go back to work on Monday as some manufacturing resumes in the state.

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