- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2020

DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan health department said Sunday that 11 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded in Michigan overall, though no new deaths were registered in Detroit for the day.

The number of recorded deaths from COVID-19 in the state since the coronavirus pandemic began stands at 4,891.

The Detroit News reported that the 11 deaths reported on Sunday is the lowest daily toll for Michigan since March 24. The 11 new deaths recorded in Michigan is down from the 55 reported on Saturday.

Detroit’s death toll stands at 1,257, with 22 new cases registered Sunday.

The city’s chief public health officer, Denise Fair, called the figures for Detroit “encouraging” but “subject to change.”



“We strongly encourage residents to continue taking precautions to protect against the virus until the threat of infection has passed,” Fair said.

Statewide, 638 new cases were reported Sunday, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 51,142, the state figures indicate.

The zero deaths for Detroit may partly be explained by delayed reporting, though the number of deaths in the city has been trending down in recent days.

Some deaths reported on one day could have occurred days before. Certain information takes time to get recorded as records are reviewed and then matched.

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