9/27/20: 929 new cases Friday, 901 Saturday

State has reported more than 900 new infections for three days in a row.

State health officials have reported more than 900 new COVID-19 infections for three days running. Friday saw 929 new infections while Saturday saw 901. New infections on Thursday were 982. The state is averaging 794 new cases per day over the past seven days.

The state also reported 8 new deaths on Friday and 15 on Saturday. Eleven of Saturday’s deaths were discovered after a review of previous death records.

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Kalamazoo County reported 90 new infections over the course of Friday and Saturday. Those were confirmed cases based on nasal swabs – health officials reported an additional 41 probable cases based on antibody tests. The seven day moving average is almost 29 new confirmed cases per day.

Western Michigan University on Friday reported 84 new COVID-19 infections among its staff and students during Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of last week. The university reports previous days’ COVID-19 totals twice per week. As of September 23, the school was reporting an average of almost 31 new cases per day and a positivity rate of 15.2%.

WMU president Edward Montgomery announced in an email that most new infections were happening off-campus.

“The majority of the positive cases seem to be stemming from off-campus living situations and off-campus social gatherings,” he wrote.

He also said the university has expanded its testing capacity.

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