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The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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Posted at 4:25 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 04:29:27-04

(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.

2:57 p.m.

The state's official COVID-19 statistics have added 44 deaths and 447 cases since Monday. That brings Michigan's totals to 4,179 deaths and 44,397 cases of coronavirus in Michigan, according to the latest numbers released by the State of Michigan.

1:33 p.m.

On Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders are valid under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act and asked local law enforcement agencies to continue enforcement.

It came after the state legislature passed a concurrent resolution that said the states of emergency and disaster caused confusion and frustration among law enforcement officials.

“COVID-19 has created a public health crisis of unprecedented gravity in our lifetime. To date, the most effective means to contain an infectious pandemic is to keep people away from each other. In promulgating Executive Order 2020-69 and Executive Order 2020-70, the Governor has done just that by placing restrictions on certain activities to limit social interactions. The absence of these restrictions would open gateways for the virus to reach every family and social network in every part of the State," Nessel said in a release."

8:07 a.m.

Michigan hospitals and physicians have “broad discretion” to decide whether to continue delaying procedures during the pandemic, the state said in new guidance issued in the face of pressure to let providers do more as the curve of coronavirus cases flattens.

7:51 a.m.

Initial manufacturing for Pfizer's clinical trial for the COVID-19 vaccine will take place in Kalamazoo, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. The first participants have been dosed in the trial.

7:37 a.m.

Costco has set a meat-purchase limit for consumers during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, joining such food retailers as The Kroger Co. and Alberstons.

For the time being, Costco will limit beef, pork and poultry purchases to a total of three items per member.

7:07 a.m.

Kroger announced Tuesday it will provide free COVID-19 testing for frontline associates, based on symptoms and medical need. The testing will begin this month.

5:54 a.m.

7 Action News is focusing on the state's unemployment office – struggling to process over a million claims. It's not the first time the state agency has faced great difficulty.

UIA Director Steve Gray said COVID-19 has helped expose cracks in the unemployment system, the same system he exposed as a watchdog several years ago. Here's what the Michigan unemployment director says needs to be done to fix the system.

5:44 a.m.

It's election day and clerks expect it to be unlike any other in the state's history. The COVID-19 pandemic has the Secretary of State urging voters to cast their ballot absentee.

The Michigan Department of State says absentee voters should bring their completed ballots to their clerk’s office and should not put them in the mail on Election Day.

5:03 a.m.

It's May, which means rent, mortgage, car payment and other bills are due again. But what about those who are out of work amid the coronavirus pandemic and can't pay those bills? Here are some options.

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.