2/22/21: Just 3 COVID deaths reported over two days

As new cases decline, Kalamazoo County's positivity rate continues to rise. Hospitalizations reach 4-month low.

Michigan: State health officials reported just three new deaths from the coronavirus over the course of Sunday and Monday. That’s the lowest death number since one person was reported to have died on September 8.

The caveat that comes with this good news is that some deaths from COVID-19 aren’t discovered until days later. State employees review records for additional coronavirus deaths and report them several times per week – typically Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

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The state also reported 1,484 new cases of COVID-19 over the two-day period. That increased the seven day moving average slightly to 845 cases per day.

Hospitalizations continue to decline. On Monday, 841 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in the state. That’s the lowest number we’ve seen since early October.

Kalamazoo County: Although new cases of the coronavirus continue to decline in Kalamazoo County, the positivity rate is rising.

County health officials reported 41 new infections over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The seven day average declined slightly to 21.1 new cases per day.

The county also reported one new death.

However, 5.51% of the COVID-19 tests conducted on Sunday returned positive results. The average positivity has been climbing slowly for over a week from a low of 3.19% on February 14.

Vaccines: The number of new vaccinations in the state is declining after reaching an all-time high just over a week ago.

On Sunday the state was averaging over 31,000 inoculations per day. That average peaked on February 12 at 46,000 inoculations per day. The state still has yet to reach the governor’s stated goal of vaccinating 50,000 people per day.

Kalamazoo County’s vaccination efforts also appear to be declining. On Sunday, the county was averaging 1,107 vaccinations per day – down from about 1,500 per day on February 11. Unpredictable shipments of vaccine supplies may be to blame for declining vaccination counts.

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