State reports 1,088 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and Monday

Transmission rates are highest in counties with universities.

State health officials reported 1,088 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and Monday bringing the state’s seven day moving average to 749 new cases per day.

The state also reported ten new deaths over the two-day period. The state is currently averaging about eight deaths per day.

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The highest numbers of new cases come from the most populated counties in the east of the state, however the highest transmission rate is currently in four counties where colleges and universities call home.

Ingham County – home to Michigan State University – and Houghton County – home to Michigan Tech University – are both experiencing high rates of coronavirus infection. Both counties have been coded red by the Harvard Global Health Initiative, which indicates more than 25 new cases per day per 100,000 people.

Ottawa and Mecosta counties – home to Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University, respectively – are also experiencing high rates of COVID-19. The Harvard Global Health Initiative indicates those counties are coded orange for 10 to 25 new cases per day per 100,000 people.

Kalamazoo County officials reported 34 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday and Monday.

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