8/10/21: COVID rates double in 2 weeks

Deaths are still low, but infection rates, hospitalizations, and positivity rates are rising quickly.

Michigan: The average of daily new cases of COVID-19 in Michigan has more than doubled in the past two weeks – a sign we may be at the beginning of a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

State health officials reported 2,720 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The seven day average rose to 1,327 new cases per day – up from 437 new cases per day on July 27.

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Hospitalization numbers are also rising swiftly. Officials reported that 752 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in the state on Monday. That’s up 152 over Friday’s count.

The state’s positivity rate continued to climb on Sunday. In the previous week, 6.97% of COVID-19 tests administered in the state returned positive results.

As all of this is going on, the state’s COVID death numbers remain low. The state reported just eight deaths over the weekend, with six of those coming from a review of previous death records. Michigan is averaging about 5 deaths per day over the past week.

Kalamazoo County: Things aren't much different in Kalamazoo County, though its positivity rate seems to be falling slightly.

Health officials reported 68 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That comes out to an average of 42.6 new cases per day over the previous week. That's much higher than a month ago when the average was closer to four new cases per day.

Still, death numbers haven't risen. There has been just one death from the coronavirus in the past week.

And positivity numbers seem to be declining after rocketing up last week. In the week ending Sunday, 8.65% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's much higher than it was two weeks ago, but it's lower than the 9.11% it was two days ago.

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