COVID-19

9/15/21: Three new COVID deaths in Kzoo

County positivity continues to fall as case numbers rise. Death average rising again in Michigan.

Michigan: New COVID-19 infections in Michigan continued to climb on Wednesday as the state’s positivity rate began to level off.

State health officials reported 6,604 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday and Wednesday. That pushed the seven day average up to 2,685 new cases per day.

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The average of deaths increased as well. Officials reported 62 new deaths from the coronavirus, with 41 of them coming from a review of previous death records. That brought the seven day average up to 21.43 deaths per day. That’s close to the highest its been since the beginning of the fourth wave of the pandemic.

But the state’s positivity rate may be leveling off. In the week ending Tuesday, 9.37% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That’s higher than recent days, but not by much.

Kalamazoo County: Health officials reported three new deaths from the coronavirus in Kalamazoo County over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday. Despite that, the county's week average dropped - there have been six deaths in the past seven days.

Officials also reported 215 new cases of COVID-19 over the two-day period. That pushed the county's seven day average up significantly - from nearly 59 new cases per day on Monday to 73.43 per day on Wednesday.

Still, the county's positivity rate took a dive this week. In the week ending Tuesday, just 7.69% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's down from just over 9% on Sunday.

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