6/15/21: Kzoo hits 2% positivity rate

Average daily death toll rises in Kzoo. Governor hints at early end to pandemic restrictions.

Kalamazoo County: Over the past week, Kalamazoo County’s positivity rate was just 2%. That’s well under the 3% state health officials have targeted for keeping a handle on COVID-19 transmission rates.

County health officials reported nine new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That brought the seven day average down to 6.14 new cases per day – the lowest average since last summer.

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At the same time, the average of deaths rose. The county reported two new coronavirus deaths over the weekend. That pushed the seven day average up to 0.57 deaths per day. Four people have died from the virus in the past week.

Hospitalizations are continuing to decline in the county. On Monday, Kalamazoo’s two hospitals reported 21 coronavirus patients. That’s 16 fewer than a week ago.

Michigan: Governor Gretchen Whitmer is hinting that COVID-19 restrictions could end a lot sooner than previously expected.

Many restrictions were loosened at the beginning of the month, as vaccination rates rose and infection rates fell. The remaining restrictions are set to expire on July 1, including the state’s mask mandate.

On Monday, a reporter asked the governor whether restrictions might be lifted before then, to which Whitmer responded “It’s possible. Stay tuned.”

If it happens, it will be made possible by the state’s falling COVID metrics. State health officials reported 338 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and Monday. That prompted the seven day average to fall to 244 new cases per day.

The state reported just eight coronavirus deaths over the same period. The average dropped to 24.57 deaths per day over the previous week.

The state’s positivity rate continues to fall. In the week ending Sunday, 1.7% of coronavirus tests returned positive results, bringing the positivity rate to its lowest level of the pandemic.

Finally, hospitalizations dropped by more than 100 over the weekend. The state reported that 532 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals throughout the state.

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