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Michigan announced on Sunday that five people died due to complications from coronavirus with a total of 5,223 deaths in the entire state since the pandemic began.

The state also said there were 314 new COVID-19 cases with a total of 54,365 cases.

City officials on Sunday reported 1,322 total deaths from the virus since the pandemic began, with 30 new cases totaling 10,722 cases.

Not infrequently the count of Sunday deaths is artificially lower because fewer staff at the weekend process death certificates. Apart from that, this is a weekend getaway.

The renewal comes days after Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended a controversial order to stay at home on Friday night until June 12, although many critics have protested and asked him to relax restrictions more quickly. Whitmer supports his decision, saying it is to protect health and limit the spread of the virus.

On Friday, he lifted restrictions on meeting 10 people or less, retail businesses and car dealers, starting May 26. He also announced the country would lift restrictions on medical, dental and veterinary procedures that were deemed unimportant starting May 29.

Whimer also lifted restrictions that allow some businesses to return to work including construction, real estate and people whose jobs are mostly done outdoors.

Restaurants, bars and shops are also permitted to open in the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan on Friday.

Sunday’s state update occurred one day after the state announced changes in the way it reported testing, by separating diagnostic tests, which were used to determine active cases of COVID-19 – and serological tests, which were used to determine whether someone had a coronavirus and developed antibodies during recovery.

Previously, figures in Michigan and other states were put together on the state test page.

In the past nine days, when serological tests or antibodies became more common, combined calculations in the details of testing increased the positive percent rate in Michigan but did not change the calculation of new daily cases in Michigan, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

About 12% of the state tests are serological tests, with 60% occurring in the last nine days.

However, “the overall percentage of Michigan positive tests since the outbreak remained almost the same – changing from 14.2 percent of positive tests to 14.3 percent,” the state said.

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