10/20/20: 1,586 new COVID cases, 22 deaths

The state's daily average is now higher than ever. The positivity rate dips back down, but hospitalizations continue to increase. Kalamazoo passes 100 deaths from the virus.

State health officials reported 1,586 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. That raises the seven day moving average to 1,670 new cases per day – the highest the average has been at any time during the pandemic.

The state also reported 22 new deaths from the virus with one coming as a result of a review of previous death records. The statewide average is now almost 18 deaths per day.

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The positivity rate in Michigan dipped down to 4.84% on Monday after it reached more than 6% on Sunday. The average positivity rate for the past week sits at just below 5%. The World Health Organization recommended in May that an area’s positivity rate be below 5% in order to consider reopening.

Coronavirus hospitalizations continue to climb throughout the state. There are currently 1,191 people in a hospital for confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. That’s up 180 from a week ago. There are 283 adults being treated in ICUs around the state.

Kalamazoo County reported 96 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday bringing the local average to 70 new cases per day over the past seven days. That number includes probable cases based on antibody testing.

The county passed 100 deaths from the virus on Monday. One more person died from coronavirus on Tuesday bringing the total to 101.

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