Kalamazoo passes 1,000 COVID cases as the rest of state sees increases

On Thursday, Michigan recorded 543 new cases, the largest daily total since May.

Kalamazoo County passed 1,000 coronavirus cases Wednesday as a surge in new positive tests afflicts the rest of the state. The countywide total is 1,021 as of Thursday.

The county has had daily new case totals in the single digits, but those numbers have been trending slightly upwards recently.

“Over the last two weeks, we’ve been starting to see some increases,” said Kalamazoo County Health Officer Jim Rutherford in an interview with MLive. “But we kind of anticipated that given the fact that the executive orders and some of the restrictions are lifted.”

Meanwhile, the rest of the state has seen a sizable increase in new cases. On Thursday, the state recorded 543 new cases – the largest daily total since May.

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The current seven-day rolling average is 338, which is also an increase over recent numbers.

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