60 new coronavirus cases in Meck. County ends local stay-at-home order to match NC rules

Jene J. Long

Mecklenburg County’s total coronavirus cases reached 1,627, according to state health data Thursday morning, and local officials say at least 734 of those people have recovered.

County health officials said Thursday 49 people with COVID-19 have died locally.

The state’s tally adds 60 new cases from the previous day, the Department of Health and Human Services reported.

The number of new cases on Thursday is slightly higher than what the county has seen for the last seven days. In the last week, the county has seen average of 38 new cases each day.

However, health officials have said the day-to-day change in the number of cases will fluctuate, based on testing backlog, criteria for testing, and access to tests. Mecklenburg County’s health director has warned that the number of cases is a limited view, and that many people who have COVID-19 may not be tested.

Mecklenburg, which unlike the

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Stay-home order still in place; some return to work

Jene J. Long

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that Michigan’s stay-at-home order remains in effect through May 15 despite Republicans’ refusal to extend her underlying coronavirus emergency declaration, as she amended it to allow construction, real estate and more outdoor work to resume in person next week.

The Democratic governor, who may be sued by the GOP-led Legislature, addressed reporters the same day that President Donald Trump tweeted she should “make a deal” with conservatives who protested her restrictions at the Capitol a day earlier. She denounced the protest as ”disturbing,” noting there were swastikas, Confederate flags, nooses and some people with assault weapons who “do not represent who we are as Michiganders.”

“We’re not in a political crisis where we should just negotiate and find some common ground here. We’re in a public health crisis,” Whitmer said. ”We’re in the midst of a global pandemic that has already

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