3/12/21: More than 1M fully vaccinated

New infections, hospitalizations, and positivity rates rising as deaths continue to decline.

Vaccines: More than 1 million Michigan residents has now been fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. That comes out to 12.5% of the state population 16 and older.

As of Wednesday, 1,020,237 people have been fully vaccinated, with 9,371 people having received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Vaccination efforts have also ramped up to the point that more than 55,000 people were being inoculated per day in the week leading up to Tuesday.

In Kalamazoo County, 31,607 people have received both doses of one of the two-shot vaccines. Still more have received the J&J vaccine, but the state doesn’t provide a county-level breakdown of doses by type.

As of Wednesday, an average of 1,420 people were being vaccinated each day in the prior week.

Michigan: All measures of the coronavirus pandemic are trending upward in the state, with the notable exception of deaths, which continue to decline.

State health officials reported 2,091 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That caused the seven day moving average to rise to 1,442 new cases per day.

Hospitalizations increased to 987 people being treated for COVID-19 in the state. At the same time, the seven day average positivity rate rose to 4.65%.

Despite all that, the average daily death toll decreased to 18.4 deaths per day in the week leading up to Thursday. The state reported 23 deaths that day, with 16 of them coming from a review of previous death records.

Kalamazoo County: New infections continue to climb in Kalamazoo, while the average number of deaths has dropped to zero.

County officials reported 50 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the seven day average to 53 new cases per day – 11 higher than the previous day.

The average positivity rate fell slightly to 7.1%, which is still higher than it was a month ago. COVID-19 hospitalizations rose slightly. The county’s two hospitals were treating 36 coronavirus patients on Thursday.

However, the county reported no new deaths from the coronavirus for the 7th day in a row. That brought the week average to zero – the first time that’s happened since September 19.

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