8/2/21: COVID transmission rates have doubled in 2 weeks

The positivity rate is nearing 5% in Michigan. It's near 7% in Kalamazoo.

Michigan: The coronavirus pandemic has come back with a vengeance in Michigan. In just the past two weeks, the transmission rate has almost doubled in the state.

On July 14, Michigan was experiencing roughly 214 new cases of COVID-19 per day. By the middle of last week, the average had shot up to nearly 420 new cases per day.

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The state’s positivity rate has also risen dramatically. Once nearing 1%, the state’s positivity rate is now closer to 5%. In the week ending Thursday, 4.96% of COVID-19 tests administered in the state returned positive results.

Meanwhile, the rising case counts don’t seem to have had much of an impact on COVID deaths. In the week ending Friday, the state counted 5.43 deaths per day. That’s actually down from two weeks prior, when the rate was 6.71 deaths per day.

Kalamazoo County: Things are a little worse in Kalamazoo County, but still not terrible.

The county has reported 218 new cases of COVID-19 since July 13. That's caused the week average to rise from just under six new cases per day on July 13 to over 16 per day on July 28.

The county's positivity rate now hovers just below 7%. In the week ending Thursday, 6.76% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results.

Like the rest of the state, rising infection rates don't seem to be having an impact on deaths so far. There were no new COVID-19 deaths reported in Kalamazoo County since July 13.

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