9/10/21: Kzoo positivity drops below 9%

Average new infections climbs to over 2K. Kalamazoo reports highest death average since May.

Michigan: The state’s average of new daily infections has risen above 2,000 per day for the first time since mid-May.

State health officials reported 6,095 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Thursday and Friday of last week. That pushed the seven day average to 2,110 new cases per day. The last time that average was over 2,000 was on May 12 when Michigan was on the downslope of the spring surge of the coronavirus.

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The state also reported 59 new deaths over the two day period, with 44 of them coming after a review of previous death records. That increased the seven day average to 19.86 deaths per day.

Meanwhile, a realignment of COVID testing data pushed the state’s positivity rate down below 10%. In the week ending last Thursday, 9.5% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. Despite the change in positivity data, the positivity rate is continuing to rise day-over-day.

Kalamazoo County: Even with the state's COVID testing reassessment, Kalamazoo's County's positivity rate continued to fall last week - dropping below 9%.

In the week ending Thursday, 8.98% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. The county's positivity rate has been falling for over two weeks.

Despite the good news on positivity, other COVID stats got worse last week in Kalamazoo County.

Health officials reported 172 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Thursday and Friday. That caused the seven day average to rise to 54.71 new cases per day.

Officials also reported three new deaths over the two-day period. That pushed the average to 1.14 deaths per day over the previous week.

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