7/2/21: State COVID numbers climb for 4th day in a row

While Michigan's numbers rise, Kalamazoo's numbers are flat. COVID hospitalizations hit lowest number on record.

Michigan: The average of new cases of COVID-19 has been rising for four days straight. It’s not necessarily a sign that the coronavirus is picking up speed again, but it does indicate the slowdown has ended.

State health officials reported 228 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That brought the seven day average up to 135 new cases per day. That number has been rising since Monday.

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Still, the average of deaths is declining. The state reported ten new deaths on Thursday, dropping the seven day average to 9.43 per day.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations have dropped to their lowest level since the state began reporting numbers last year. On Thursday, there were 312 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in the state.

Kalamazoo County: COVID stats are flat in Kalamazoo County.

County officials reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That kept the seven day average exactly where it was the day before – 3.29 new cases per day.

There were no new deaths reported on Thursday.

And the county’s positivity rate has held relatively steady for most of the past two weeks. In the week ending Wednesday, 1.41% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. The positivity rate has been at or near there since June 14.

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