COVID-19

5/19/21: Kzoo positivity rate below 8%

Deaths on the rise again in Kalamazoo County. New infections continue to decline.

Kalamazoo County: For the first time in two months, Kalamazoo County’s positivity rate is below 8%.

In the week ending Monday, 7.4% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That’s about where the positivity rate was on March 18 when Michigan was still in the early days of the spring surge of the pandemic.

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Meanwhile, deaths are again on the rise in the county. Health officials reported two new deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday. That pushed the average up to 1.6 deaths per day over the previous week.

New infection numbers are still on the decline in the county. Officials reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. That caused the seven day average to drop to just about 40 new cases per day.

Michigan: All COVID metrics are on the decline in the rest of the state.

State health officials reported 1,271 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. That brought the seven day average down to 1,541 new cases per day. The last time the average was this low was on March 12.

The state reported 83 new deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday. That brought the average down to 53 deaths per day over the previous week.

The state’s positivity rate is coming down closer to manageable levels. The state reported that just 6.4% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results on Monday.

And hospitalizations continue to decline, albeit slowly. Officials reported that 1,807 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals on Tuesday. That’s only 16 fewer than on Monday.

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