8/20/21: 3 new deaths in Kzoo

New COVID cases spiked in Michigan. Hospitalizations now over 1K.

Michigan: New cases of COVID-19 spiked throughout the state over Thursday and Friday of last week.

State health officials reported 4,197 new cases of the coronavirus over the two-day period. That brought the seven day average up to 1,492 new cases per day.

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At the same time, the state reported 37 new deaths from the coronavirus, with 13 coming from a review of death records. That pushed the seven day average up to 14.57 new deaths per day.

As infections and deaths rise, the state’s positivity rate stalled. In the week ending Thursday, 8.45% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. That’s almost exactly what it was the day before.

Also on Friday, the state’s hospitalization numbers passed 1,000. Over the previous week, the number of people being treated for the coronavirus jumped by over 100 to 1,011 people.

Kalamazoo County: Health officials reported three new deaths from COVID-19 over the course of Thursday and Friday. Four people total have died from the coronavirus over the past week.

Officials also reported 155 new cases of COVID-19 over the same two-day period. That pushed the seven day average to 56.86 new cases per day.

Like the rest of the state, the county's positivity rate seems to have stopped rising. In the week ending Thursday, 12.16% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results - just a hair lower that it was the day before.

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