9/1/21: COVID deaths up 90% in August

Kalamazoo reports 4 new COVID deaths. Positivity rate still rising in Michigan as it flattens out in Kalamazoo.

Michigan: The number of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan rose 90% between July and August.

The state reports that the coronavirus killed 336 people during the month of August. That’s significantly higher than the 177 who died in July, though still far short of the 585 who died in June.

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State health officials reported 59 new deaths over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday. That pushed the seven day average up to 22.14 deaths per day. Considering current infection numbers, deaths are likely to continue to increase through September.

The state reported 4,494 new cases of COVID-19 over Tuesday and Wednesday. That caused the seven day average to rise to 1,925 new cases per day.

The case rate is likely to continue rising as the state positivity rate climbs ever higher. The state reported on Tuesday that 10.5% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. That number has increased steadily since late June.

Kalamazoo County: Health officials reported four new deaths from COVID-19 over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday. That drove the county's average to a total of one death per day over the past week.

Meanwhile, the county's COVID-19 case rate actually dropped on Wednesday. Officials reported 144 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday and Wednesday, pushing the seven day average down to 55 new cases per day.

Unlike the rest of the state, Kalamazoo County's positivity rate has been declining for the past two weeks. On Tuesday, roughly 10.3% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's down from a high of 12.18% on August 18.

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