6/3/21: Hospitalizations drop below 1K

Hospital numbers haven't been so low since March. The new case average and positivity rate in Kalamazoo rose slightly.

Michigan: The state’s COVID-19 hospitalization number has dropped to its lowest level in 2.5 months. On Wednesday, the total number of people being treated for the coronavirus in hospitals in the state fell below 1,000 to 965.

Hospitalization numbers have been falling continuously for more than month after hitting a high of more than 4,000 patients in mid-April.

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The number of new COVID-19 infections also continues to drop. Once the highest in the nation, Michigan is now 7th in terms of the total number of active coronavirus cases.

State health officials reported 420 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, causing the seven day average to decline to 412 new cases per day.

The state on Wednesday also reported 33 people had died from the coronavirus over the previous 24 hours. That actually caused the seven day average to rise slightly – to 25 deaths per day.

Meanwhile, the state’s positivity rate continued to slip closer to the 3% mark state officials have hoped for. In the week ending Tuesday, 3.39% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results.

Kalamazoo County: The county's death average continued to fall on Wednesday while the new infection average rose a little bit.

County health officials reported no new COVID-19 deaths in the previous 24 hours. That pushed the average down to 0.14 deaths per day over the past week.

At the same time county officials reported 19 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday. That prompted the seven day average to tick up slightly to 11.64 new cases per day.

Kalamazoo County's positivity rate also rose slightly. The rate of positive COVID-19 test results increased to 3.94% on Tuesday.

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