8/30/21: COVID deaths continue to climb

Infection rates are rising too. Kzoo's positivity rate is going down.

Michigan: The average number of COVID-19 deaths rose again over the weekend, reaching levels not seen since June.

State health officials reported 27 deaths over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with just six coming from a review of previous death records. That pushed the seven day average up to 19.14 deaths per day.

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Infection rates rose as well. The state reported 5,020 new cases of the coronavirus over the weekend, increasing the seven day average to 1,901 new cases per day.

The statewide positivity rate breached 9% on Sunday. Over the previous week, 9.04% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. The last time the positivity rate was that high was in early May.

Meanwhile, the state’s hospitalization numbers have flattened off. Officials reported 1,248 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals on Monday, just four higher than on Friday.

Kalamazoo County: Things seem to be going somewhat better in Kalamazoo County. The infection average rose, but deaths were flat and the positivity rate went down.

Health officials reported 107 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The seven day average rose by two to 60.29 new cases per day.

There were no new deaths reported over the weekend.

The county’s average positivity rate dropped below 11% on Sunday. In the week prior, 10.81% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results.

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