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State tests record 23K people in one day as cases increase to more than 50,000

Posted at 3:14 PM, May 15, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — There are now 4,825 deaths and 50,079 cases of coronavirus in Michigan, according to numbers released from the State of Michigan on Friday afternoon.

That's up 38 deaths and 497 cases from Thursday when there were 4,787 deaths from coronavirus and 49,582 cases.

The state saw a massive spike in cases on Thursday as they got backlogged results and saw increased testing at correctional facilities in the state.

Overall, 22,686 have recovered from the virus, according to the state. That number will be updated Saturday. Recovery includes confirmed COVID-19 cases who are 30 days out from their onset, but the pool will expand as the pandemic continues.

Michigan also tested a record 23,647 people on May 13, nearly 10,000 more than the previous testing record set on May 12.

Of those tests 10.7% came back positive, the first time that rate has been more than 10% since April 30.

On Friday, the Michigan Court of Claims heard oral arguments in the Republican-led lawsuit against Gov. Whitmer, and she gave another update on Friday afternoon.

Also Friday, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) announced new workplace guidelines for employers and employees as people begin going back to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

MIOSHA also created a new hotline to answer questions – 855-SAFEC19 (855-723-3219). You can read those guidelines here.

It's expected the Big 3 will go back to work on Monday as some manufacturing resumes in the state.

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