6/18/21: State reports 172 new infections, 20 deaths

MI positivity rate continues to fall to new lows. In Kzoo, new cases are flat as positivity rises.

Michigan: State health officials reported 172 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That brought the seven day average down to 198 new cases per day.

The state reported 20 new deaths from the coronavirus as well, with 18 coming from a review of previous death records. That caused the seven day average to drop to 17 deaths per day.

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The state’s positivity rate continues to fall to new lows. In the week ending Wednesday, just 1.45% of COVID-19 tests conducted in Michigan returned positive results.

And hospitalization numbers continue to come down from their historic peak two months ago. On Thursday, 480 people were being treated for the coronavirus in hospitals in the state. That’s almost 200 fewer than a week ago.

Kalamazoo County: The average daily number of new infections remained flat in Kalamazoo.

County health officials reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The seven day average stayed exactly where it was a day earlier - at 4.86 new cases per day.

There were no new deaths reported on Thursday.

The county's positivity rate for the week actually went up slightly on Wednesday. The state reported that in the prior week, 1.57% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's a fraction of a percent higher than the day before.

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