COVID-19

5/25/21: 25% fewer COVID outbreaks

The state's positivity rate has been below 5% for two days. Kalamazoo's positivity rate is rising again.

Outbreaks: COVID-19 outbreaks are on the decline in Michigan. In the past week, active outbreaks in the state declined 25%.

In Monday’s weekly outbreak report, state health officials reported just 94 new outbreaks of the coronavirus throughout the state. That’s the lowest number of new clusters in three months.

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Michigan: The state’s positivity rate is showing positive signs. It has been lower than 5% for the past two days.

On Saturday, 4.6% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. On Sunday, the number was 4.4%.

At the same time, both new infection and death numbers are falling. State health officials reported 1,378 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and Monday. That caused the seven day average to fall to 1,104 new cases per day.

The state reported just 14 new deaths from the coronavirus over the same two day period. That brought the average down to 46.57 deaths per day over the previous week.

Kalamazoo County: The pandemic seems to be on the downswing in Kalamazoo as well.

County health officials reported 63 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That brought the seven day average down to 29.4 new cases per day.

The county reported no new deaths from the coronavirus over the weekend, causing the average to fall to 0.14 deaths per day over the previous week.

Meanwhile, the county’s positivity rate has actually risen over the past few days. In the week ending Sunday, 6.5% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That’s higher than it was on Saturday, which was higher than it was on Friday.

This may be a temporary blip, but it’s worth watching.

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