9/22/21: Michigan passes 1 million infections

Delta nears 100% of infections. Kzoo corrects death records. County positivity jumps.

Michigan: More than a million people in Michigan have contracted COVID-19 at some point during the pandemic. As of Wednesday, the state has confirmed 1,001,989 coronavirus infections since March 2020.

State health officials reported 6,079 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and Wednesday. That caused the seven day average to drop just slightly to 2,697 new cases per day.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

A weekday morning email roundup of Kalamazoo stories and events.

The state also reported 81 new deaths over the same two-day period, with 52 coming from a review of previous death records. That pushed the seven day average up to 26.29 deaths per day.

The state’s positivity rate was flat on Tuesday, with 8.82% of COVID-19 tests returning positive results during the previous week.

Kalamazoo County: Health officials reported 206 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and Wednesday, pushing the seven day average down slightly to 73.43 new cases per day.

Health officials have revised their count of COVID-19 deaths in the county. The county lowered its death total by two, reducing the cumulative number to 430 deaths since the pandemic began.

The county's positivity rate jumped by more than a percentage point in the county's latest report. In the week ending Tuesday, 7.66% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results.

Variants: The Delta variant has been the dominant strain of the coronavirus in Michigan for a long while now, but it is inching ever closer to 100% of tested cases.

In its weekly data and modeling update, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported that Delta now makes up 99.8% of the tested specimens in the state.

Additionally, Delta has now been confirmed in every county in Michigan. Keweenaw County in Michigan's upper peninsula was just added to the list with three confirmed cases.

Support local. Donate today to Kalamazoo's only locally owned and independent daily news organization.