9/3/21: Hospitalizations fall for first time in over a month

COVID surge is growing slower than previous ones. New infections are flat in the state and county.

Michigan: Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have decreased for the first time since mid-July when the current wave of the pandemic first began gaining steam.

State health officials on Friday reported that 1,254 people were being treated for the coronavirus in hospitals in the state. That’s four fewer than the previous report last Wednesday. Hospitalization numbers have been climbing steadily from fewer than 300 people in the middle of July.

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Meanwhile, the daily average of new infections has continued to rise but at a much slower rate than previous waves of the pandemic. Officials reported 4,448 new cases of the virus on Thursday and Friday of last week. That brought the seven day average to 1,995 new cases per day – just 70 higher than it was last Wednesday.

The average of deaths decreased on Friday. The state reported 51 new deaths from the virus, with 28 coming from a review of previous death records. That brought the seven day average down to 19.6 deaths per day.

And the state’s positivity rate stayed relatively flat late last week. On Thursday, state officials reported that 10.47% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That’s pretty close to what it was most of last week.

Kalamazoo County: Trends were similar last week in Kalamazoo County, except for the positivity rate, which has been declining for most of the past two weeks.

Health officials reported 135 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and Friday. That put the seven day average at 55.14 new cases per day - exactly where it was last Wednesday.

There were no new deaths reported on Friday.

Meanwhile, the county's positivity rate continued its slow decline. Officials reported that 9.48% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results on Thursday. That's down from a high of 12.18% two weeks prior.

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