10/7/20: 1,016 new COVID cases, 9 deaths

COVID continues to climb in U.P. and Kalamazoo County.

State health officials reported 1,016 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Despite that the seven day moving average dropped slightly to 879 new cases per day.

The state also reported nine new deaths from the coronavirus. The average sits at around 12 new deaths per day.

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Kalamazoo County reported 48 new confirmed infections and another 26 probable infections on Wednesday. The county’s average continued to climb to 37 new confirmed cases cases per day.

Kalamazoo County continues to be coded “orange” according to a metric developed by the Harvard Global Health Institute. The county still has the second highest rate of new infections in the lower peninsula with 17.1 new infections per day per 100,000 people.

Mackinac County was added the “red” category in the upper peninsula. Currently seven counties are coded “red,” indicating more than 25 new cases per day per 100,000 people. Harvard describes those counties as being at a “tipping point” requiring stay-at-home orders and more measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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