5/12/21: 11 die from COVID in Kzoo over the weekend

The average of new infections rose in Kzoo as well. Deaths and infections declining in the rest of the state.

Kalamazoo County: Eleven people died from COVID-19 over the weekend in Kalamazoo County.

The staggering number, reported Monday by the county’s Department of Health and Community Services, caused the county’s seven day average to jump from less than a death per day to two deaths per day. The county reported no new deaths on Tuesday, which prompted the average to fall just a little.

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At the same time, Tuesday’s new infection report caused that measure’s average to rise – after it had been falling for most of the past week.

County officials reported 101 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, which pushed the seven day average up to nearly 62 new cases per day.

Infection numbers have bounced around a lot in Kalamazoo County, though the average has been mostly declining for most of the past month.

Despite those metrics, the county’s positivity rate has been falling steadily and continues to do so. In the week ending Monday, a total of 10% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That number has declined from a high of more than 17% one month ago.

Michigan: All metrics of the pandemic continued to fall on Tuesday in the state as a whole.

State health officials reported 1,992 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday – the fourth day in a row that new infections were under 2,000. That caused the seven day average to drop to 2,199 new cases per day.

The state also reported 99 new deaths from the coronavirus, with 32 of them coming from a review of previous death records. That allowed the average to drop to 63 deaths per day over the previous week.

The state’s positivity rate fell to 8.24% in the week ending Tuesday. That’s close to where we were at the beginning of the year when the state was on the downslope of the fall surge of the virus.

And hospitalizations continued to decline on Tuesday. The state reported that 2,293 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in the state – 102 fewer than on Monday. The hospitalization number is now half what it was just three weeks ago.

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