10/1/21: Michigan passes 21K deaths from COVID

The state also surpassed 3K new infections per day. Kzoo's positivity rate has dropped by half in past 5 weeks.

Michigan: As of Friday, more than 21,000 people in Michigan have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began 19 months ago.

In its latest report on Friday, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services added 79 deaths to the state’s tally. That pushed the grand total to 21,077 people and pushed the seven day average down to 30.57 deaths per day.

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At the same time, the state’s average of new infections rose again to heights not seen since the spring. Over the course of Thursday and Friday, 8,058 people tested positive for the coronavirus. That pushed the seven day average to 3,223 new cases per day. The last time that average was this high was at the end of May.

Kalamazoo County: The county's positivity rate has been cut in half over the past month and a half. In the week ending Thursday, just 6.22% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's down from a summer high of 12.17% in mid-August.

But some of that decline may be due to rising testing rates. Kalamazoo County's average infection numbers continue to be high.

Health officials reported 200 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Thursday and Friday. That pushed the seven day average up to 66.57 new cases per day, which is higher than recent days but lower than it was in mid-September.

The county also reported three new deaths from the coronavirus over the two-day period. As of Friday, those were the only reported deaths in the previous week.

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