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Michigan reports coronavirus death tolls reaches 4,551

May 11, 2020

  Michigan officials have reported 25 additional coronavirus-related deaths, increasing the state’s outbreak death toll to 4,551 people. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday also reported 382 more cases of COVID-19 infections been confirmed. That brings the statewide total to 47,138 people with confirmed coronavirus cases. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order through May 28, though manufacturers may go back to work Monday. Bars and restaurants have asked to be allowed to reopen May 29.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says auto and other manufacturing workers can return to the job next week. She further eased her stay-at-home order Thursday while extending it through May 28 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Whitmer says while the state is "not out of the woods yet," reopening factories is an important step forward to gradually reengaging the economy. Manufacturers can resume operations on Monday, which is key for suppliers ahead of automakers' planned May 18 restart.

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The Republican-led Michigan Legislature sued Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, asking a judge to declare invalid and unenforceable her stay-at-home order and other measures issued to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dana Nessel

Michigan's attorney general is backing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, telling local law enforcement officials that her stay-at-home directive and restrictions on places of public accommodations are valid and enforceable. Tuesday's letter comes days after Republican lawmakers refused to extend an emergency declaration. Dana Nessel, a Democrat, says her letter was necessary to clarify the situation after numerous legislators and other officials questioned the validity of the Democratic governor's orders to curb the coronavirus.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she hopes to begin reopening parts of the state's economy on May 1 that have been shut down many weeks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Whitmer didn't specifically identify which businesses may be allowed to open but said Friday that relaxing restrictions will come in phases. Her stay-at-home order is among the nation's toughest in a state hard hit by the pandemic and prompted a protest at the Michigan Capitol. The order is scheduled to expire April 30. Whitmer made her comments during a tele-town hall with the Detroit Regional Chamber.