11/3/20: 3,106 new COVID cases, 43 deaths

State hospitalizations surpass 2,000 as Kalamazoo hospitals' COVID cases rise. The positivity rate passes 10%.

State health officials reported 3,106 cases of COVID-19 on election day 2020. That increased the seven day moving average 3,389 new cases per day.

The state also reported 43 new deaths from the coronavirus, with 17 coming from a review of previous death records. The state is averaging 23 deaths per day.

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Hospitalizations in Michigan passed 2,000 people for the first time in several months. There are 2,059 people being treated in Michigan hospitals for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections. That number is almost 500 more than the same time last week.

Kalamazoo’s Bronson Methodist Hospital reported it was treating 40 COVID-19 patients on Monday. That’s the highest number of coronavirus patients the hospital has had at one time ever. Kalamazoo’s other hospital doesn’t publicly release COVID-19 information.

Another number hit a dangerous milestone. The state’s positivity rate passed 10% on Monday bringing the state’s average positivity rate to 8.06%. More than 42,000 people were tested for the coronavirus on Monday.

Kalamazoo County reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The seven day moving average for the county is now 96 new cases per day, higher than it has ever been. The county also reported three new deaths from the virus on Tuesday, bringing the average to 1.7 deaths per day.

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