9/20/20: 695 new COVID cases Friday, 483 Saturday

Infections continue to climb on college campuses, but deaths remain steady and hospitalizations are down.

State health officials reported 695 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 483 on Saturday lowering the seven day moving average to 621 new cases per day.

The state also reported six deaths on Friday and another 15 on Saturday, with 12 of Saturday’s deaths coming from a review of previous death records.

Kalamazoo County reported 35 new cases on Friday and Saturday with another 70 probable cases coming from antibody tests. The county is averaging about 33 new cases per day.

Western Michigan University reported an increase of 72 COVID-19 infections during the early part of last week, bringing the school’s total to 235 infections since August.

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Infections are still climbing on college campuses across the state including Michigan State University in Ingham County and Grand Valley State University in Ottawa County. Both counties counted for the highest rate of new infections per 100,000 people on Friday.

Meanwhile, hospitalization of COVID-19 patients has declined. On Friday, the number of people in hospital for confirmed or suspected infections was 495. That’s the second lowest number since the beginning of the pandemic.

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