9/17/21: Hospitalizations rising in Kzoo

County reports three new deaths as positivity falls below 7%.

Michigan: The average of new infections actually declined on Friday for the first time in two weeks.

State health officials reported 5,616 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Thursday and Friday of last week. That caused the seven day average to drop – but not by much – to 2,616 new cases per day.

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The death average went up slightly on Friday. Health officials reported 68 deaths caused by the coronavirus, with 36 coming from previous death records. That pushed the seven day average up to 22.71 deaths per day.

The rising positivity rate in the state seems to have paused, at least for the moment. In the week ending Thursday, 9.03% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That’s a fraction lower than it was the day before.

And the state’s hospitalization numbers dropped on Friday. The total number of people being treated for COVID-19 declined by 63 to 1,472 patients.

Kalamazoo County: Hospitalizations have increased in Kalamazoo County, but not quite to critical levels just yet.

Both hospitals in the county were at over 80% capacity as of Friday. The state reported a total of 49 COVID-19 patients that day. That's a more than threefold increase over the numbers we were seeing at the beginning of the summer.

Health officials reported three new deaths over the course of Thursday and Friday. However, the seven day average remained stable at 0.86 deaths per day.

Officials reported 156 new cases of COVID-19 over Thursday and Friday. That caused the seven day average to decline by two to 71.14 new cases per day.

Meanwhile the county's positivity rate dropped below 7% for the first time since July. In the week ending Thursday, 6.88% of COVID tests returned positive results in Kalamazoo.

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