6/17/21: 60% of Kzoo partially vaccinated

New COVID variant found in southwest Michigan. Kzoo positivity rate drops below state level.

Vaccines: As of Wednesday, 60% of the population of Kalamazoo County age 12 and up is at least partially vaccinated. That includes 55.2% of people who are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Vaccination efforts have slowed significantly since their peak two months ago. In mid-April, vaccine providers were inoculating an average of more than 3,000 people per day. These days, the average is closer to 700 per day.

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Statewide, more than half the population 12 and up is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination rates have slowed in Michigan as well. Once surpassing 100,000 inoculations per day, facilities are now averaging around 30,000 shots per day.

Variants: A new and deadly variant of the coronavirus is circulating in Michigan, and experts have found two cases in the southwest portion of the state.

The Delta variant was first discovered in India where its spread led to a massive wave of coronavirus infections in the past few months.

Two people in nearby Branch County have now tested positive for the Delta variant. However, there are at least 25 cases spreading statewide and experts are on the lookout for more.

Michigan: State health officials reported 179 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. That allowed the seven day average to continue its downward trajectory, reaching 217 cases per day.

The state reported just four deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday. That brought the seven day average down to just under 20 deaths per day.

The state’s positivity rate continued to fall, reaching new lows. In the week ending Tuesday, 1.55% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results.

Kalamazoo County: For the first time in a long time, Kalamazoo County's positivity rate has fallen below the state's.

In the week ending Tuesday, 1.43% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results in the county. It was February the last time Kalamazoo's positivity was below the state's week average.

County health officials reported four new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday. That brought the seven day average down to 4.86 new cases per day.

Though the county reported no new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the average remained flat for the previous week at 0.43 deaths per day.

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