The latest coronavirus updates: Friday, May 1, 2020

Posted at 4:12 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 09:19:36-04

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3:08 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order on Friday that will allow construction and real-estate activities to resume on May 7.

Executive Order 2020-70 will allow work that is usually performed outdoors to resume as it presents a low risk of infection from COVID-19.

“The vast majority of Michiganders are still doing their part to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19. That’s good, but we must keep it up,” Whitmer said in a release. “As part of our MI Safe Start Plan, we are bringing business and labor leaders together to ensure that while we lift some restrictions on the previous Stay Home, Stay Safe order, we are also protecting workers and their families from the spread of this virus. I want to be clear: we must all continue to stay home and stay safe as much as possible. If we all keep doing our part, we can reduce the risk of a second wave and re-engage our economy safely and responsibly.”

2:54 p.m.

There are now 3,866 confirmed deaths and 42,356 cases of coronavirus in Michigan, according to the latest numbers released by the state on Friday afternoon.

That's up 77 deaths and 977 cases from Thursday when there were 3,789 deaths and 41,379 confirmed cases.

8,342 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.

9:04 a.m.

President Donald Trump tweeted about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday morning, one day after the governor and the state legislature were at odds over a state of emergency extension.

In the tweet, Trump said, "The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal."

6:25 a.m.

News that an experimental drug seems to be the first effective treatment for the new coronavirus has unleashed a flurry of interest – and a clamor to know how soon it might be available.

6:06 a.m.

Frontline workers are planning to skip shifts today in the fight for better working conditions. Today is May Day, also known as International Workers' Day with people around the world celebrating workers' rights.

4:46 a.m.

Michiganders are waking up to three new executive orders Friday morning, after a major political showdown in the state’s capitol. This comes after hundreds of protesters – some armed – stormed the capitol, angry over restrictions like the stay-at-home order, which is still in place.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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