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The latest coronavirus updates: Monday, May 11, 2020

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Posted at 4:06 AM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 04:29:33-04

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3:27 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Vice President Mike Pence she was concered COVID-19 was spreading to rural parts of Michigan after the protest in Lansing.

On a call with governors this afternoon, ABC reports that Whitmer told the VP she was not only worried about the safety of those protesting, but also the health and safety of the communities where the protestors lived.

"We have seen from initial protests here is that we've got COVID-19 spreading in rural parts of our state, from which people traveled. And, and so, our ability to move on to the next phase and keep re-engaging our economy. I'm just concerned about it," Whitmer said. "We're going to keep watching those numbers and doing the tests."

Whitmer also asked Pence to reinforce that people should take this seriously.

"If discouraging protests is something you could consider doing, I'd really be grateful," she added.

Pence didn't address the concerns over the protest, but later added that the Trump administration will "continue to emphasize to people the safe and responsible practices while we ll move toward re-opening."

2:55 p.m.

There are now 4,584 deaths and 47,552 cases of coronavirus in Michigan, according to the latest numbers released by the State of Michigan on Monday.

That's up 33 deaths and 414 cases from Sunday, when there were 4,551 deaths and 47,138 cases. Sunday's numbers included the lowest number of deaths since March.

2:40 p.m.

starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.

Spring training would start in early to mid-June, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the plan were not announced.

Each team would play about 82 regular-season games, most against opponents in its own division with interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.

1:47 p.m.

Central Michigan University intends on opening its campus for the 2020-21 academic year for face-to-face instruction.

In a letter Monday, CMU President Bob Davies said the decision comes after many weeks of discussion and planning.

Right now, Davies said the university is finalizing plan for a phased return to campus that will keep people safe and provide exceptional learning opportunities.

12:28 p.m.

The Michigan State Capitol Commission has delayed a vote on banning firearms from the Capitol.

The commission met Monday afternoon virtually. During the meeting, they also formed a committee to study the subject of firearms in the Capitol building.

During the hearing, Secretary of the Senate Margaret O'Brien made a motion to form a committee to study the issue of firearms in the Capitol.

That committee would work with the legislature and the governor's office and get feedback from both.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.

View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.

Find out how you can help metro Detroit restaurants struggling during the pandemic.

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See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.