8/23/21: Kzoo hospitalizations nearly double

Hospitalizations statewide shot up as well. State reaches 55% vaccination as Kzoo passed 60%.

Vaccines: More than 55% of Michiganders age 12 and older have now been fully inoculated against the coronavirus.

According to the state’s vaccine dashboard, as of Sunday more than 4.7 million people in Michigan had received either the one-shot vaccine or both doses of one of the two-shot vaccines.

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Vaccine rates were even higher in Kalamazoo County. State data shows that 60.2% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

It’s not all good news, though. Daily vaccination numbers continue to dwindle. As of Thursday last week – the most recent day data was available – vaccine providers in the state were averaging less than 10,000 shots per day. That’s a 60% drop from two months ago.

Michigan: Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 shot up by more than 100 over the weekend. As of Monday, there were 1,159 people being treated for the coronavirus in hospitals in the state – 148 more than on Friday.

That’s happened even as new infection and death numbers have flattened.

State health officials reported 3,820 new COVID-19 infections over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That raised the seven day average just slightly to 1,530 new cases per day.

The state reported just ten deaths over the same time period, with half of those coming from a review of death records. An average of 13.29 people died each day from the coronavirus over the preceding week.

Kalamazoo County: Hospitalizations have nearly doubled over the past week in Kalamazoo County.

On Monday, Bronson Methodist Hospital reported that it was treating 45 COVID-19 patients. That's up from just 21 a week earlier. At the same time, Ascension Borgess Hospital's tally dropped slightly from 14 patients to ten.

Meanwhile other COVID stats have declined somewhat. Health officials reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. That dropped the county's seven day average by more than five to 51.14 new cases per day.

The county reported no new deaths from the coronavirus.

Finally, the county's positivity rate has dropped by more than one percentage point over the past few days - a positive trend after many weeks of increases. In the week ending Sunday, 10.98% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's down from a high of 12.17% nearly a week ago.

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