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Michigan virus cases growing very slowly, new stats show

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The number of new coronavirus cases in Michigan grew slowly again Monday, rising less than 1% to a total of nearly 47,560 since March, the state health department said.

Deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, increased by 33 to 4,584, the state said.

In hard-hit Detroit, 41 residents died from May 2 through May 8, compared to 167 from April 18-24, Mayor Mike Duggan said. Nearly 10,000 people have been infected.

“We are continuing to succeed at beating the coronavirus,” said Duggan, who plans to cut his daily briefings to three times a week.

The city has completed testing at 36 long-term care facilities, where the infection rate has been running about 9%. The next target: 70 senior apartment buildings with 10,000 units.

“This is going to be a massive undertaking,” Detroit health officer Denise Fair said.