12/9/20: 4,905 new COVID cases, 75 deaths

Hospitalizations drop below 4,000. Kalamazoo's average new case number dips below 100. Deaths still dangerously high.

Michigan: The state’s new case count continues to slowly decline while deaths from COVID-19 continue to be high.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported 4,905 new cases of COVID-19, which dropped the seven day moving average to 6,000 new cases per day. Meanwhile, the state reported 75 new deaths in the previous 24 hours, which maintained the state’s average at 115 new deaths per day.

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Kalamazoo County: The county reported 113 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. That brought the county’s average new case count below 100 per day for the first time in over a month. The county is averaging 98 new cases per day.

Kalamazoo did not report any new deaths from the virus on Wednesday, though the average is still nearly two deaths per day for the past week.

Hospitalizations: The state’s COVID-19 hospitalization number has dropped below 4,000 for the first time since November 20. On Wednesday, 3,925 people were being cared for in Michigan hospitals for the coronavirus. That’s 166 people fewer than the previous day and the ninth day in a row the hospitalization number has decreased.

In Kalamazoo, however, the hospitalization number isn’t as promising. Bronson Methodist Hospital reported 38 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday – two more than the previous day. Kalamazoo’s other hospital doesn’t publicly report patient numbers.

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