4/12/21: Kalamazoo reaches highest average of new infections

Two new deaths reported in Kalamazoo. A quarter of Michiganders, more than 2M, fully vaccinated.

Kalamazoo County: Kalamazoo County is now averaging more new COVID-19 infections per day than at any point during the pandemic.

On Friday, health officials reported 127 new cases of the coronavirus. That pushed the seven day average to 150.86 new cases per day – just a hair higher than the 150.14 cases per day it reported on December 2.

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Officials also reported two new deaths from the virus on Friday, pushing the average to 0.7 deaths per day over the previous week. Deaths have remained surprisingly low during the latest surge of COVID-19, likely due to rising rates of vaccinations.

The county’s positivity rate is continuing to reach new highs. On Thursday, 20.79% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That’s the highest single-day positivity rate since early April of 2020, when COVID-19 tests were still in high demand and short supply.

Michigan: The state’s average of new COVID-19 infections dropped a little over the weekend.

State health officials reported 7,834 new coronavirus cases on Friday and 6,892 new cases on Saturday. That brought the seven day average down to 6,545 new cases per day on Saturday – still higher than it’s been in months, but slightly lower than on Friday.

The state also reported 26 deaths on Friday and 74 on Saturday, with 57 of Saturday’s number coming from previous death records. The state is averaging about 40 deaths per day over the week ending Saturday.

The state’s positivity rate continues to climb to new highs for the year. On Thursday, 17.52% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That number is the highest it’s been this year, and higher than any number since April of last year.

Vaccines: Without a doubt, deaths from the coronavirus would be much higher right now were it not for the state’s vaccination rate.

As of Thursday, a full quarter of the state’s adult population had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. That comes out to more than 2 million people.

In total, more than 5 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been given out since December, and more are being administered every day. In the week ending Thursday, the state was averaging more than 87,000 inoculations per day.

Also on Thursday, Kalamazoo County reported 2,654 vaccines administered per day in the previous week. That’s a new record for the county.

Nearly 30% of Kalamazoo’s adult population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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