9/8/21: State reports highest new infection number since May

There were five new deaths in Kalamazoo, but the positivity rate is still dropping.

Michigan: State health officials reported 2,364 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. That’s the highest single day total since early May.

At the same time, it caused the state’s seven day average to rise, but only slightly. The average went up to 1,875 new cases per day.

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The state also reported 51 new deaths from COVID-19, with 27 coming from a review of previous death records. That caused the average to jump to 18.71 deaths per day over the past week.

The state’s positivity rate continues to climb. In the week ending Tuesday, 10.67% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That’s the highest it’s been since the beginning of May.

Kalamazoo County: Health officials reported five new deaths in Kalamazoo County on Wednesday. It's likely that many, if not all, of them were derived from the state's periodic review of previous death records.

Nonetheless, the county's seven day average rose to 0.71 deaths per day.

Officials also reported 78 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday. The county's seven day average is relatively flat at 49.43 new cases per day.

The good news is that the county's positivity rate continued to decline - as it has done for over two weeks. In the week ending Tuesday, just over 9% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's down from a high of 12.16% on August 18.

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