10/13/20: 1,237 new COVID infections, 30 deaths

The average of new cases is its highest since April. Deaths are the highest since June. Positivity rate increasing.

State health officials reported 1,237 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. That brings the seven day moving average to 1,125 – its highest level since April 14.

The state also reported 30 new deaths from the virus, though ten of those were a result of a review of previous death records. The total number is the highest number of deaths in Michigan since June. The average death count stands at nearly 13 per day.

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Transmission rates for the virus are continuing a worrying climb in many counties in Michigan, including Kalamazoo County, which is averaging 23 new cases per day per 100,000 people.

Positivity rates are also climbing. Michigan had a positivity rate of 4.7% on Monday, up from 3.41% a week earlier. Health experts point to a 3% positivity rate as being a sign of controlled transmission of the virus.

Finally, hospitalizations also continue to climb across the state. On Tuesday, 1,011 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. That number is the highest it’s been since May and is an 80% increase over hospitalization numbers from just a month ago.

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