Michigan tops 20K COVID deaths

As the state passes a grim milestone, a new phase of the pandemic gets worse.

Michigan: As of Friday, more than 20,000 people in Michigan have died from the coronavirus since the beginning of March 2020.

The state passed the grim milestone as infection rates rise amid a possible fourth wave of the pandemic.

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State health officials reported 3,127 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and Friday of last week. That equates to an average of 1,233 new infections per day over the previous week.

Officials also reported 29 new deaths from the virus, pushing the pandemic total to 20,011. Over the previous week nearly nine people have died each day. That’s nearly double what the average was a week earlier.

Meanwhile, the state’s positivity rate climbed to 7.37% in the week ending Thursday. That’s increased from a rate closer to 2% just a month ago.

Kalamazoo County: As COVID-19 deaths rise statewide, they have declined in Kalamazoo County. Health officials reported no new deaths over the course of Thursday and Friday. That brought the seven day average down to zero deaths in Kalamazoo.

Meanwhile, infection rates continue to climb. Officials reported 108 new cases of the coronavirus over the course of Thursday and Friday. That pushed that average up to nearly 40 new cases per day over the preceding week.

And the county's positivity rate is approaching 9%. The state reported that 8.93% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results over the week ending Thursday. That's increased from almost 3% a month earlier.

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