10/13/2021: 1 in 8 hospital beds are being used by COVID patients

Hospitalizations continue to rise in Michigan. Positivity rate is flat in Kzoo as it nears 12% in Michigan.

Michigan: COVID hospitalizations continue to rise in Michigan, reaching levels not seen since last spring. Currently, 12% of hospital beds are being occupied by COVID-19 patients. That’s up from 9.2% at the beginning of this month and 2.6% on September 1.

As of Wednesday, 2,195 people were being treated for COVID-19 infections in hospitals in the state. That’s up 487 from October 1.

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Infection numbers continue to rise as well. State health officials reported 8,671 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday. That pushed the seven day average up to 3,745 new cases per day.

The average daily number of coronavirus deaths has hovered between 30 and 34 per day for the past two weeks. On Wednesday, the state reported 110 new deaths, with 58 of them coming from a review of death records. That put the seven day average at 32.57 deaths per day.

Meanwhile, the state’s positivity rate continues to inch ever upward. In the week ending Tuesday, 11.34% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results.

Kalamazoo County: Kalamazoo County's positivity rate has stayed roughly flat over the past week.

In the week ending Tuesday, 9.26% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. That's still very high, but it hasn't changed much since the positivity rate breached 9% a week ago.

The county's new infection numbers also appear to be flat over the past week. Health officials reported 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the county on Tuesday and Wednesday. That put the seven day average at 88.29 new cases per day - very close to where it's been since October 6.

The county reported two new deaths from the coronavirus, putting the seven day average at 0.29 deaths per day.

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