10/4/21: COVID surges again in Michigan, Kzoo

The numbers of new cases and deaths are rising to levels not seen since the spring.

Michigan: The numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths are surging again in Michigan after having leveled off last month.

State health officials reported 8,704 new cases of the coronavirus over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That pushed the seven day average up to 3,362 new cases per day – more than 100 higher than the previous report last week.

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The state reported 62 deaths in Monday’s stats, with 19 of them coming during a review of previous death records. That pushed the seven day average up by four to 34.43 new deaths per day.

The state’s positivity rate climbed to a new fall high on Sunday. In the prior week, 10.28% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. The positivity rate had started to decline in late September, but has now risen past its previous high.

Kalamazoo County: COVID stats are trending in the wrong direction in Kalamazoo County as well.

Health offcials reported 205 new cases of COVID-19 from Saturday to Monday. That pushed the seven day average up by almost ten to 76.43 new cases per day.

The county reported no new deaths over the weekend.

But the county's positivity rate has begun ticking upward again after declining for most of the past month. In the week ending Sunday, 7.46% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. That's up almost a full percentage point from a week earlier.

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