8/11/21: Cases of Delta variant shot up 300% in 2 weeks

State and local positivity rates are slowly coming back down. Hospitalizations are on pace to hit 1K by the weekend.

Variants: Months after it was first discovered in the state, cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus are finally taking off.

The numbers of confirmed cases of the Delta variant shot up 300% over the past two weeks. As of Monday there were at least 350 cases of Delta in Michigan – up from just 88 on July 27.

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Meanwhile, the rate of increase of other variants has slowed considerably. The Alpha variant, which burned through the state in the spring, has almost stopped. Researchers discovered just three new cases of the variant over the past week.

Michigan: State health officials reported 2,786 new cases of COVID-19 over Tuesday and Wednesday. That caused the seven day average to come down a little – to 1,164 new cases per day. It’s unclear if that decrease is a sign that COVID is slowing again or just a blip.

Death numbers also decreased on Wednesday. The state reported 24 new deaths from COVID over the previous two days – half of which came from a review of previous death records. That cause the seven day average to drop to 4.86 deaths per day.

The positivity rate came down slightly on Tuesday. Over the previous week, 7.02% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results.

Despite all that good news, hospitalizations continue to climb in Michigan. The state reported 859 people being treated for the coronavirus in hospitals in the state on Wednesday. That’s 107 more than on Monday.

Kalamazoo County: Health officials reported 101 new cases of COVID-19 in Kalamazoo on Tuesday and Wednesday. That caused the seven day average to decline a little to 37.57 new cases per day.

There were no reported deaths.

Kalamazoo's positivity rate seems to be trending downward. In the week ending Tuesday, 8.33% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's down from a high of 9.11% on Friday.

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