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The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Posted at 4:12 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 04:32:54-04

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2:56 p.m.

There are now 5,017 deaths from coronavirus in Michigan and 52,350 cases, according to the latest numbers released by the State of Michigan on Thursday.

That's up 435 cases and 102 deaths from Monday, but today's numbers include an additional 43 deaths identified through regular review of death certificates.

28,234 people have recovered from the virus. Those numbers are updated every Saturday and include people who are 30 days out from the onset of symptoms of COVID-19.

The state continues to test more and more people. On Sunday, when testing is usually lower, they still tested 13,539 people.

12:56 p.m.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended her executive order that allows pharmacists to dispense refills of 60 days and 90 days for prescriptions.

“As we continue to suppress the spread of COVID-19, Michiganders need to continue to stay safer at home,” Whitmer said in a release. “By allowing patients to get a refill of their prescriptions for up to 60 days from a pharmacists, people can reduce their time traveling and in turn lower the chance of a second wave of COVID-19.”

The order allows pharmacists to give emergency refills for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurers to cover early refills for up to 90 days of supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

11:33 a.m.

Country superstar Sam Hunt has canceled his Southside Summer Tour including a performance at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Sept. 5.

Refunds are available at the point of purchase, but due to the stay-at-home order, the box offices are closed.

For guests who purchased tickets with cash at the box office, refunds will be available when the order is lifted. Tickets purchased with a credit card at the box office will be automatically refunded.

11:22 a.m.

Canada and the US have agreed to extend their agreement to keep border closed to non essential travel to June 21 during the coronavirus pandemic.

A senior government official confirmed the extension of the agreement, which had been set to expire this week. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to speak publicly ahead of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement.

10:25 a.m.

Central Michigan University announced Tuesday it will end the men's track and field program, effective immediately, as part of budget planning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CMU Athletics Director Michael Alford said the decision was made as the university plans budget cuts across the board.

8:07 a.m.

All registered voters in Michigan will get an application to vote by mail in both the August Primary Election and November General Election.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson made the announcement Tuesday morning as the coronavirus pandemic continues in Michigan.

“By mailing applications, we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Benson said in a release. “Voting by mail is easy, convenient, safe, and secure, and every voter in Michigan has the right to do it.”

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Read our daily Coronavirus Live Blog for the latest updates and news on coronavirus.

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.

See all of our Helping Each Other stories.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.