10/6/20: 903 new cases, 22 deaths

Infections at WMU slow down as cases continue to climb in the rest of Kalamazoo County.

Michigan health officials reported 903 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday pushing the state’s seven day moving average up one to 885 new cases per day.

The state also reported 22 new deaths from the virus, though seven of those came from a review of previous death records. The state is average about 12.4 new deaths per day.

The rate of new infections is slowing down at Western Michigan University according to its biweekly report of COVID-19 numbers. The university reported 23 new infections over the course of Thursday and Friday of last week.

WMU tested 237 people just on Friday. Only eight people tested positive bringing the school’s positivity rate down to 3.4% for that one day. It still has an average 10.8% positivity rate.

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Meanwhile, cases in Kalamazoo County are continuing to climb. The county reported 45 new confirmed cases of the virus as well as 31 new probable cases based on antibody testing. The county is still coded “orange,” meaning accelerated spread of the virus, and Kalamazoo has the second highest rate of infection in the lower peninsula with 18.1 new infections per day per 100,000 people.

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