8/25/21: Deaths decline as infections rise

Delta is now the dominant variant in Michigan. Kalamazoo County reports one new death.

Michigan: The average of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan dropped slightly on Wednesday, even as the average of new infections rose.

State health officials reported 38 new coronavirus deaths over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday. That caused the seven day average to fall by one to 12.14 deaths per day.

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The state reported 4,326 new cases of COVID-19 over the same time period. That average rose by more than 200 to 1,763 new cases per day over the past week.

Meanwhile the state’s positivity rate is rising again. In the week ending Tuesday, 8.65% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That’s a bit less than it was on Monday, but the rate overall has been increasing steadily for more than two months.

Variants: The Delta variant continues to be the dominant strain of the virus in Michigan. In its weekly report, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services estimated that more than 99% of new cases of the coronavirus in Michigan are of the Delta variant.

Proportions of all other variants have declined to less than 1%.

Kalamazoo County: Health officials have reported one new death from the coronavirus in Kalamazoo County. That makes four deaths over the past week.

Meanwhile, officials counted 180 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday. That brought the seven day average up to 61 new cases per day - ten higher than it was on Monday.

The county's positivity rate continues to be worryingly high, but declined in the most recent report. In the week ending Tuesday, 11.19% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. That's down from over 12% a week ago.

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