COVID-19

5/13/21: Vaccinations slowing

New infections are falling fastest in the most vaccinated counties. Deaths are flat in Kalamazoo as numbers fall in the rest of the state.

Vaccines: Now that COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, demand is on the decline in Michigan. It’s a worrisome trend that threatens the state’s ability to return to normal, pre-pandemic life.

Vaccination rates in Michigan peaked in early April. That was shortly after the state opened eligibility to all people age 16 and older. On April 12, the state was averaging nearly 102,000 inoculations per day. Since then, rates have dwindled to almost half that.

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On Wednesday, just over 15,000 people in Michigan received their first dose of one of the vaccines. That’s a far cry from the nearly 43,000 people who began their vaccinations on April 12.

Still, the CDC reports that 55.4% of the population has been at least partially vaccinated as of Wednesday, and that number inches higher every day.

Numbers are slightly better in Kalamazoo County, where nearly half the population has been completely vaccinated against the coronavirus. That number may be the cause for the county’s recent declines in new infections.

Michigan: Both new infection and death averages declined in the state on Wednesday.

State health officials reported 2,171 new cases of COVID-19, causing the seven day average to drop by 60 to 2,139 new cases per day.

The state also reported just 17 deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday. It’s the lowest single day death total in a month. That caused the average to drop to 59.5 deaths per day over the previous week.

The state’s positivity rate continued to decline in the state, reaching 8.11% in the week ending Tuesday.

Kalamazoo County: The average of deaths was flat in Kalamazoo as new infection numbers fell.

County officials reported just 44 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. That’s the lowest single-day total in the county in nearly two months. The low number caused the seven day average to drop to 55.3 new cases per day.

The county reported one new death from the coronavirus. The county’s seven day average remains high after 11 people succumbed to the disease over the weekend. The county was averaging 1.7 deaths per day over the previous week.

Meanwhile, the county’s positivity rate fell below 10% for the first time since late March. In the week ending Tuesday, just 9.5% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results.

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