8/4/21: Daily COVID infections have jumped 400% in a month

Death numbers are rising as well. Kalamazoo reports 2 new deaths and a positivity rate over 8%.

Michigan: In the past month, the seven day average of new coronavirus infections has soared more than 400%.

In the week ending July 6, Michigan was averaging just 137 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In the latest report, issued Tuesday, that number had jumped to 694.

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State health officials reported 2,605 new cases of COVID-19 across Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. That’s a stark increase over recent reports.

The number of deaths attributable to COVID-19 is also rising. Over the past four days, 26 people have succumbed to the coronavirus. That comes out to an average of 6.4 deaths per day over the past week.

The state’s positivity rate is increasing. In the week ending Monday, almost 6% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results.

Kalamazoo County: Health officials reported two new deaths caused by COVID-19 over the past four days. The two are first coronavirus deaths in Kalamazoo in nearly a month.

At the same time, officials reported 89 new cases of the coronavirus over Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

While infection and death numbers are rising, the county's positivity rate is soaring. In the week ending Monday, more than 8% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's up from nearly 3% just two weeks earlier.

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