The latest coronavirus updates: Sunday, May 17, 2020

Posted at 10:05 AM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 17:24:00-04

(WXYZ) — All of the updates on the coronavirus and the incredible impact it's having on our lives can be hard to keep up with. To help you keep up, we'll post this daily blog on our homepage. You can find all of our stories on our coronavirus page.

Updates to this blog will be posted as information is made available.

2:51 p.m.

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. That number will be updated Saturday. Recovery includes confirmed COVID-19 cases who are 30 days out from their onset, but the pool will expand as the pandemic continues. More here.

1:12 p.m.

7 Action News is learning more about how COVID-19 is affecting kids.

The CDC has now released guidelines for the severe inflammatory syndrome seen in children after reports in recent weeks from New York, the UK and other countries around the world. These severe inflammatory cases have all been linked to COVID-19.

Cases are now showing up in Michigan. Dr. Bishara J Freij, M.D., the Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Beaumont, says parents need to be aware of the symptoms to look out for because the quicker a child receives treatment the better the chance of a full recovery.

"If we would have waited one more day, it could be a totally different... because it was bad for a few days," says Hannah Peck of Shelby Township.

Hannah’s 7-year-old son Levi was happy and healthy until two weeks ago when he came down with what she thought was the stomach flu. More here.

11:08 a.m.

Henry Ford Health System reports 1,967 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals in the last 60 days.

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