7/12/21: COVID cases rising in Michigan

Kalamazoo positivity rate rises over 2%. County ends public COVID data reporting.

Michigan: The average of new COVID-19 infections rose slightly at the end of last week.

On Friday state health officials reported that 672 people had contracted COVID-19 over the course of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. That caused the seven day average to rise to 159 cases per day. That’s 22 higher than the previous report.

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State officials also reported 26 new deaths from the coronavirus over the same three-day period. That caused the average to rise slightly to 6.71 deaths per day over the week ending Friday.

Michigan’s positivity rate has plateaued at just under 2%. In the week ending Thursday, 1.72% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That’s near where it had been for the previous week.

Kalamazoo County: The county's positivity rate has risen above 2%.

Kalamazoo County's positivity rate reached as low as 0.66% a couple weeks ago before rising again. In the week ending Thursday, the county's positivity rate hit 2.46%. That's still below the 3% state health officials have targeted as a sign coronavirus transmission is under control, but it's worth watching.

Meanwhile, Kalamazoo County health officials have paused publicly reporting COVID-19 infection numbers. The county's COVID-19 dashboard states that it is "currently under construction and is not being updated at this time."

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