6/25/21: Positivity falls as variants rise

Variants now account for the majority of cases in the state. Kzoo positivity rate falling again.

Variants: Coronavirus variants are on the rise in Michigan, and that has state health officials worried.

The state reported that the Alpha variant has become the dominant strain in Michigan, with nearly 12,000 confirmed cases and likely thousands more that are undiscovered.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 81% of cases of COVID-19 in Michigan are of the Alpha variant.

But health experts have their eyes on another variant – the Delta variant. First discovered in India, there are now 32 confirmed cases in Michigan. Experts worry it could quickly overtake other versions of the coronavirus due to its increased transmissibility.

Michigan: The average of new COVID infections in Michigan continues to tick slowly downward. State health officials reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That prompted the seven day average to drop by two to 130 new cases per day.

Meanwhile, the average of daily deaths from the coronavirus rose slightly. The state reported 28 new deaths on Thursday, with 24 coming from a review of previous death records. That caused the average to rise to 13.43 deaths per day over the previous week.

The state’s positivity rate held flat for the third day in a row. In the week ending Wednesday, 1.17% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results.

Kalamazoo County: The county's positivity rate declined on Wednesday after rising for the previous three days.

County officials reported that 1.55% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. That's almost a quarter of a percent less than the previous day.

County health officials reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That brought the seven day average down to 5.29 new cases per day.

The county reported no new coronavirus deaths on Thursday. No one has died from the virus in Kalamazoo County since June 14.

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