11/5/20: 5,710 new COVID cases in Michigan, 51 deaths

State sets record number of COVID cases for the second day in a row. Kalamazoo County's positivity rate is higher than ever.

Michigan. State health officials reported a record 5,710 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. It’s the second day in a row the state has seen record new coronavirus numbers. The seven day moving average is 3,798 new cases per day.

The state also reported 51 new deaths from the coronavirus. Of those, 26 came from a review of previous death records. Michigan is averaging nearly 25 new deaths per day. State medical executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said Thursday that deaths could reach 100 per day by the end of the year if things don’t improve.

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Hospitalizations. The state’s hospitals have seen another uptick in COVID-19 patients. On Thursday, there were 2,280 people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections being cared for in Michigan hospitals. That’s 650 more than a week prior.

Kalamazoo County. The county reported 140 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That brings the county’s seven day moving average up to 113 new cases per day. The county also reported three new deaths from the virus, inching the county’s average daily death total close to two deaths per day.

Kalamazoo County reported its highest positivity rate on record on Tuesday – 14.26% of the 1,283 tests conducted returned positive results. That brings the county’s average positivity rate to 10.44%. The state now considers Kalamazoo County at high risk of COVID-19 spread.

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