11/30/20: 10,428 new COVID infections, 98 deaths

COVID deaths continue rising. Hospitalizations are up. Kalamazoo County reports average of 149 new cases per day since Thanksgiving.

Michigan: State health officials reported 10,428 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Sunday and Monday. That brings the seven day moving average down to 6,605 new cases per day – still higher than at any point during the spring, but lower than recent weeks.

The state also reported 98 new deaths from the coronavirus. Deaths are a lagging indicator of the severity of COVID-19 transmission in the state because they come several weeks after case numbers increase. The state is averaging 84 deaths per day, which is in line with rising case counts during November.

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Kalamazoo County: County health officials haven’t publicly reported COVID-19 numbers since the day before Thanksgiving. On Monday, they reported 746 new infections over the five-day period. That averages out to about 149 new cases per day. The seven day moving average for Kalamazoo County is 137 new cases per day.

The county also reported four new deaths over the five day period. The county is averaging one death per day from the coronavirus.

Hospitalizations: The hospitalization rate for COVID-19 continues to break records in Michigan. As of Monday, 4,326 people were being cared for in state hospitals for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections. That’s an increase of 229 people over Friday.

Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo reported 48 coronavirus patients on Monday, putting it at 90% capacity. Ascension Borgess Hospital reported 45 coronavirus patients, putting it at 85% capacity.

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