7/14/21: COVID case numbers rising

Hospitalizations reach new low. Positivity rates are creeping up.

Michigan: The number of new cases of COVID-19 has risen in Michigan since last Friday – the last time officials reported COVID stats.

State health officials reported 650 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. That brought the seven day average up to 189 new cases per day – about 30 higher than it was on Friday.

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The daily average of deaths rose as well. Between Saturday and Tuesday, 31 people died from the coronavirus. Over the previous week that comes out to an average of 8.14 people per day – nearly two more than on Friday.

The positivity rate also increased on Tuesday, though it still remains well below the 3% state health officials have targeted. In the week ending Monday, 1.97% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results.

In better news, hospitalizations have reached their lowest point since the beginning of the pandemic. On Tuesday, 279 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in the state.

Kalamazoo County: COVID stats also increased in Kalamazoo County, though they still remain relatively low.

Health officials reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. There was also one new death from the coronavirus over the weekend.

Kalamazoo County's positivity rate is somewhat higher than the state as a whole, though it remains below 3%. In the week ending Monday, 2.57% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results.

Hospitalizations remain low, though they seem to have flattened out. As of Monday, there were 12 people being treated for COVID-19 in one of the area's two hospitals. Of those, three people were in intensive care.