COVID-19 cases in Mich. up to 54,881; deaths now at 5,240 – The Detroit News

Correction: This story has been changed to the correct number of deaths and cases released Monday.

Michigan reported Monday an additional 12 deaths tied to the novel coronavirus for a total of 5,240 fatalities statewide.

The number of reported COVID-19 deaths tends to slow over weekends, and the Memorial Day weekend is the first three-day holiday weekend since Michigan reported its first two cases of the cornavirus on March 10.

For the 11th consecutive day, the state confirmed fewer than 800 new cases of COVID-19, adding 202 cases for a total of 54,881, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The state ranks 15th in the nation for its number of COVID-19 cases, and Wayne County ranks fifth most across the country for deaths, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.

The state has experienced four straight weeks of coronavirus death declines since the week of April 19-25 generated 966 statewide COVID-19 deaths, according to the state health department. The week ended Saturday resulted in 343 deaths, a small improvement from the 354 deaths during May 10-16, according to a Detroit News analysis of state data.

On Sunday, the state reported a total of 5,228 deaths statewide since the pandemic began. It also said the total of new COVID-19 cases reached 54,679.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended her stay-at-home order Friday evening until June 12, pushing back against critics who have called for a quicker loosening of restrictions during the pandemic. 

Republican critics noted over the Memorial Day weekend that the owner of a Northern Michigan dock company said Whitmer’s husband wanted his boat placed in the water before the Memorial Day weekend as the governor urged residents not to rush to the region.

At least one GOP state senator said the Democratic governor’s family may not be following her guidance for the rest of the state. A Whitmer spokeswoman didn’t confirm or deny Monday the assertions by the marina company or its owner, but said the administration wouldn’t address “every rumor that is spread online.”

She announced retail businesses and auto dealerships will be allowed to reopen starting Tuesday, but visits must be made by appointment. She also announced the state would lift restrictions on medical, dental and veterinary procedures deemed nonessential starting May 29. 

Her order eases restrictions on gatherings, allowing for groups of 10 or fewer people, but institutes restrictions on how businesses reopen.

Metro Detroit has accounted for the bulk — 65% — of Michigan’s COVID-19 cases as well as 78% of the state’s deaths related to the virus.

As of Friday, 33,168 people have recovered from the virus, according to state data.

Wayne County, excluding Detroit, passed a grim milestone last week, surpassing 1,000 deaths for a total of 1,039 on Sunday.

Detroit added two new deaths Monday, for a total of 1,324 coronavirus-related deaths. The hard-hit city is showing a steep decline in deaths related to the virus.

The city also added28 confirmed cases on Monday, bringing the total cases to 10,750.

So far, the city has tested 2,000 senior residents in 36 facilities. As of Friday, 300 nursing home residents have died in the city, accounting for one of every four deaths.

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