4/28/21: Deaths rise as new infections fall

Positivity rates reach lowest level in a month. Nearly half of Michigan has been partially vaccinated.

Michigan: The average number of deaths from COVID-19 rose again on Tuesday, even as new infections continued to fall.

State health officials reported 3,676 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday. That caused the seven day average to drop by more than 200 to 4,340 new cases per day.

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At the same time, the state reported 105 new deaths from the coronavirus, with 48 of them coming from a review of previous death records. That pushed the seven day average up to a little more than 63 new deaths per day.

Meanwhile, other metrics continued to decline. The state’s average positivity rate dipped slightly to 11.85% on Monday. That’s the lowest the positivity rate has been in a month.

Hospitalizations also dropped by more than 100. The state reported that 3,583 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in the state on Tuesday.

Kalamazoo County: The situation is similar in Kalamazoo County.

County officials reported 122 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, causing the seven day average to decline below 100 new cases per day for the first time since the beginning of April. The county is averaging just over 98 new cases per day over the past week.

But the county reported two new deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday. That pushed the seven day average up to one death per day.

The county’s average positivity rate actually ticked up slightly on Monday. Out of the nearly 6,000 COVID-19 tests conducted in the county over the past week, 12.97% returned positive results. That’s a fraction of a percent higher than it was on Sunday.

Vaccines: Almost half the adults in the state have now received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

The state reported that 48.8% of Michiganders age 16 and older have received at least their first dose of one of the two-dose vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Nearly 36% of Michiganders are now fully vaccinated.

The percentages are a little higher in Kalamazoo County, where 53.7% of residents age 16 and older have now been at least partially vaccinated. In all, 42.2% of the county is fully vaccinated.

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