6/21/21: Kzoo death average reaches zero

Officials stop reporting COVID numbers on Saturdays. The state's positivity rate has been below 2% for a week.

Michigan: As the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, state health officials are taking a breather. The state is no longer reported coronavirus statistics on Saturdays.

The state’s Department of Health and Human Services noted the change on its coronavirus dashboard on Friday.

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During the first few months of the pandemic, officials reported new infection, death, and testing numbers every day of the week. As new cases dwindled in September, the state stopped reporting on Sundays.

On Friday, state health officials reported 162 new cases of COVID-19. That brought the seven day average down to 176 new cases per day. That’s an 88% drop from one month ago.

The state also reported 14 new deaths from the coronavirus. The average of deaths actually increased slightly to 17.86 deaths per day over the previous week.

As of Thursday, the state’s positivity rate has been below 2% for over a week. In the week ending Thursday, just 1.37% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results.

Kalamazoo County: As of Friday, Kalamazoo County's seven day average of deaths reached zero deaths per day. The change came after county health officials revised death numbers to remove two reported deaths from its cumulative total.

County officials also reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. That brought the seven day average down to 4.71 new cases per day.

Like the state, the county's positivity rate has been on the decline for more than two months. In the week ending Thursday, 1.49% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results.

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