10/27/20: 2,367 new COVID cases, 28 deaths

The new case average continues to break records. Hospitalizations rise. Kalamazoo County counts 4 new deaths.

State health officials on Tuesday reported 2,367 new cases of COVID-19. That raises the seven day moving average to 2,126 new cases per day – a record for the state.

The state also reported 28 new deaths from the coronavirus with eight of them coming from a review of previous death records. Michigan is now averaging nearly 27 deaths per day – up from just 12 at the beginning of the month.

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The number of people being hospitalized for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections rose to 1,560 on Tuesday. That’s up 369 from a week earlier.

The positivity rate also increased. On Monday, the rate was 6.88%. Seven counties are experiencing positivity rates above 10%. Among them are Calhoun County and Van Buren County, both adjacent to Kalamazoo County. Nearby Cass County’s rate was 9.9%. Kalamazoo’s positivity rate was 8.88%.

Kalamazoo County reported four new deaths on Tuesday. It’s unclear if all the deaths occurred on Tuesday or came as a result of reviewing previous death records.

The county also counted 87 new cases of COVID-19. That brings the county’s seven day moving average to 74.9 new cases per day.

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