4/14/21: State reports second highest single-day infection total

Kalamazoo reports 1K new infections in a week. Hospitalizations near highest ever.

Michigan: State health officials reported 8,867 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. That’s the second highest single-day total of the pandemic. The only time a daily report was higher was when the state reported nearly 10,000 cases on November 20.

The new daily tally pushed the seven day average to 7,014 new cases per day. That’s the highest average since late November of last year.

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The state also reported 74 new deaths from the coronavirus, with 37 coming from a review of previous death records. The week average inched upwards to more than 41 deaths per day.

Hospitalizations in Michigan are coming ever closer to breaking pandemic records. On Tuesday, the state reported 4,250 people being treated in hospitals for COVID-19. That’s just 76 shy of the pandemic high experienced on November 30.

By all measures except deaths, the current surge is on track to be the worst of the pandemic.

Kalamazoo County: The county has experienced more than 1,000 new COVID-19 infections in just the last week, and the rate of increase shows no signs of slowing.

On Tuesday, county health officials reported 170 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the pandemic total to 16,962. That’s 1,049 more than a week prior. The seven day average increased to 149.9 new cases per day.

The county also reported one new death from the coronavirus on Tuesday. The average remained stable at one death per day over the past week.

Vaccines: As infections rise, so too do vaccinations in the state.

On Monday, the state reported that is was administering almost 102,000 doses of vaccine per day over the previous week. That’s the highest it has ever been.

Locally, county officials reported 3,217 vaccinations per day in the week ending Monday.

But vaccination rates may take a hit in the coming days due to a pause on the use of vaccines from Johnson & Johnson.

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