7/7/21: State reports 438 new cases, 21 deaths over long weekend

Reassessment in Kalamazoo leads to lower case total. Vaccinations drop to lowest level in months.

Michigan: State health officials reported 438 new cases of COVID-19 over the long holiday weekend. That averages out to 109 cases each day Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The seven day average declined to 137 new cases per day.

The state reported 21 new deaths from the coronavirus over the same time period. That brought the seven day average down to five deaths per day.

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The state’s positivity rate continues to remain low, though it rose slightly on Monday. In the previous week, 1.69% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. That’s a little higher than it was last week.

Kalamazoo County: A reassessment of case numbers resulted in a net drop in total infection numbers in Kalamazoo County.

As of Tuesday, Kalamazoo County has counted 20,327 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. That's 11 less than the total was last Friday. That throws off the seven day average.

Using data counting new infections based on the date patients first noticed symptoms, Kalamazoo County is averaging three new cases per day over the week ending Monday.

The county reported no new deaths over the holiday weekend.

Like the rest of the state, the county's positivity rate remains low but rising. In the week ending Monday, 1.88% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results.

Vaccines: The holiday weekend resulted in a stark decline in vaccinations in Michigan.

Only 6,595 shots of one of the COVID-19 vaccines were given over the four day period ending Tuesday. That brought the seven day average down to just over 5,000 shots per day. The average had been more than three times that on Friday.

The same trend was true in Kalamazoo County as well. Only 149 people received inoculations between Friday and Tuesday, resulting in a seven day average of 129 shots per day. The county had been averaging more than three times that a week earlier.

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