COVID-19

6/22/21: Vaccinations slow to a crawl

Positivity rates flatten in state and county. Kzoo hospital reports no COVID cases.

Vaccines: The rate of new vaccinations in Michigan have slowed to a trickle.

Presently, 55.8% of residents have gotten at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. But that number hasn’t gone up much over the past few weeks.

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The number of people receiving their first doses has dropped precipitously over the past two months. Between April 1 and 15, more than 740,000 Michiganders got their first shot. That’s roughly 49,000 people per day. In the same time period two months later, daily inoculations were down to about 7,000 per day.

The same is true in Kalamazoo County. While more than 60% of residents are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, the daily rate of vaccinations has dropped into the low hundreds.

Between April 1 and 15, more than 17,000 first shots were given in Kalamazoo County, averaging more than 1,000 per day. Between June 1 and 15, the total was down to just under 3,000 with 184 getting the shot each day.

Michigan: Positivity rates seem to have flattened out in the state.

In the week ending Sunday, 1.24% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That’s just a fraction less than it was over the past few days.

State health officials reported 327 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That brought the seven day average down to 146 new cases per day.

The state reported 35 new deaths over the same time period. The average dropped to just over 14 deaths per day in the week ending Monday.

Kalamazoo County: For the first time in a long time, one of Kalamazoo's hospitals has reported no COVID-19 patients.

On Monday, the state reported there were only 20 patients being treated for the coronavirus in a hospital in Kalamazoo County. All of them were at Bronson Methodist Hospital.

County health officials reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That actually prompted the seven day average to rise to 5.6 new cases per day.

There were no new reported deaths from the coronavirus in Kalamazoo County.

The county's positivity rate seems to have stalled at a rate of around 1.5%. In the week ending Sunday, 1.58% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That's pretty close to where the rate has been for the past week.

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