4/30/21: Michigan’s third wave fading fast

Kzoo's positivity rate is rising. So is its average of infections and deaths. More than 200K vaccinated in Kalamazoo.

Michigan: As swiftly as it began, Michigan’s worst-in-the-nation surge of the coronavirus is fading.

The state reported 3,623 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, causing the seven day average to fall below 4,000 new cases per day for the first time in a month.

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The state also reported 108 new deaths from the coronavirus, with 78 coming from a review of previous death records. The week average in that case stayed the same as it was the day before – 62.29 deaths per day.

Hospitalizations are falling faster than they rose. The state reported 3,284 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in the state on Thursday. That’s a decline of 162 from the day before and almost 1,000 less than two weeks ago.

And the state’s positivity rate continued its weeks-long decline. On Wednesday, just 10.36% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results.

Kalamazoo County: Things aren’t going quite as well in Kalamazoo County. All metrics except hospitalizations rose on Thursday.

County health officials reported 77 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That caused the seven day average to rise slightly to 99.7 new cases per day.

The county also reported two new deaths from the coronavirus. The county is averaging 1.29 deaths per day over the past week.

The county’s average positivity rate grew for the fourth day in a row. In the week ending Wednesday, 13.07% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results.

Only the hospitalization number is falling. Bronson Methodist Hospital reported it was treating 49 patients for COVID-19 on Thursday – ten fewer than on Wednesday. Kalamazoo’s other hospital doesn’t publicly report patient numbers.

Vaccines: As of Thursday, more than 200,000 people in Kalamazoo County had been at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus. That comes out to 54.5% of the population over age 16.

Despite a push to get more people vaccinated as quickly as possible, daily vaccination rates are on the decline. In the week ending Thursday, facilities in Kalamazoo were averaging 1,775 inoculations per day – a far cry from its peak of 3,200 vaccinations per day a little over two weeks ago.

Statewide, nearly 7 million people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. That’s just shy of half the population of the state age 16 and older.

Michigan is also struggling to get people vaccinated. In the week ending Thursday, Michigan was averaging just 77,000 inoculations per day. That’s down from over 100,000 vaccinations per day two weeks ago.

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