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The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Posted at 4:20 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 04:29:24-04

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2:50 p.m.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Michigan is now at 4,714 and the number of cases is at 48,391, according to the latest numbers released by the State of Michigan on Wednesday.

That's up 40 deaths and 370 cases from Thursday when there were 4,674 deaths and 48,021 cases.

This is the sixth straight day there have been less than 500 new cases in the state.

2:20 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Wednesday that testing at the old state fairgrounds would be expanded to any Detroiter over the age of 60, and they wouldn't need a prescription or have to show symptoms.

11:06 a.m.

Michigan said Wednesday that 31,000, or nearly two-thirds, of state employees will take temporary layoff days through late July as the state confronts a budget shortfall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state will participate in a federal “work share” program, allowing employees to work fewer hours but collect partial unemployment benefits to make up a portion of their lost wages. The furloughs — two layoff days per two-week pay period for non-managers — will start this Sunday and go through July 25.

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