10/12/20: 1,809 new infections on Sunday and Monday

The state average of new infections is continuing to climb as Kalamazoo County approaches the "red" zone.

State health officials reported 1,809 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and Monday. The state’s seven day moving average is now 1,077 new cases per day – its highest level since mid-April.

The state also reported seven new deaths from the virus on Sunday and Monday. The state is averaging almost 12 deaths per day.

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Calhoun County, immediately to the east of Kalamazoo, is now coded “red” according to a metric developed by the Harvard Global Health Institute. That means the county is averaging more than 25 new cases per day per 100,000 people and is at risk of runaway infections.

Kalamazoo County may be next in the “red” category. The county reported 77 new confirmed infections over the course of Sunday and Monday. The county is averaging 23 new cases per day per 100,000 people – just below the threshold for code “red.”

The state’s positivity rate is also climbing. Michigan has exceeded 4% positivity over the past three days of testing.

Hospitalizations are up as well. There are 941 people currently being hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. That’s up from 927 last Thursday.

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