COVID-19

6/16/21: Half of Michigan fully vaccinated

New infections in Kzoo have been in single digits for a week straight.

Vaccines: The state has hit an important milestone in its effort to get people vaccinated against COVID-19. As of Tuesday, half of Michiganders have been fully inoculated against the virus.

That’s good news, but it also means there is still a long way to go before we reach 70% vaccination. That’s the rate at which some experts say we could reach herd immunity.

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Also Tuesday, the state’s vaccination dashboard showed that 55.3% of state residents age 12 and older were at least partially vaccinated.

Kalamazoo County is ahead of the state in terms of vaccinations. The state reported that 55% of Kalamazoo residents were fully inoculated against the coronavirus, while almost 60% had received at least partial vaccination.

Michigan: New infection numbers have reached their lowest level since last summer.

State health officials reported 182 new cases of COVID-19. That brought the seven day average down to 228 new cases per day.

The state reported 26 new deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday, with seven coming from a review of previous death records. That caused the seven day average to fall to about 20 deaths per day.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations in Michigan actually went up slightly. The state reported that 553 people were being treated for COVID-19 on Tuesday. That’s 21 more than the day before. It follows nearly two months of declining patient numbers.

Kalamazoo County: Kalamazoo County reported its seventh straight day of new coronavirus infection numbers in the single digits.

On Tuesday, health officials reported seven new cases of COVID-19. That caused the seven day average to fall to 5.43 new cases per day.

There were no new deaths reported in the county.

And the county’s positivity rate continued to fall to new lows. State health officials reported that just 1.73% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county in the week ending Monday returned positive results.