10/6/21: Vaccination numbers on the rise

COVID infections resurging in Kalamazoo and Michigan. County reports two new deaths.

Vaccines: Vaccination rates are beginning to pick up again after dropping to dismal lows over the past few months.

In the week ending Monday, the state was averaging a little over 13,000 shots per day. That’s up from almost 9,000 per day just a week ago.

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Kalamazoo County has seen a similar increase. County vaccine providers gave out almost 1,000 shots per day over the week ending Monday. That average was just 200 per day a week earlier.

The vaccination stats are for primary series shots only – they don’t include boosters. It’s unclear what’s causing the rise in vaccinations, but it could be a combination of rising concerns over the Delta variant and vaccine mandates at various businesses.

While it’s a positive development, the current vaccination rates are still just a fraction of what they were in the spring. The average surpassed 100,000 shots per day in Michigan during the height of the spring surge of COVID-19 in April.

Michigan: New infection numbers continue to rise throughout the state.

State health officials reported 7,674 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday and Wednesday. That brought the seven day average up to 3,491 new cases per day.

The state also reported 92 deaths from COVID-19, with 47 coming from a review of previous death records. The seven day average dropped slightly to 33.29 deaths per day.

The state’s positivity rate is also continuing to rise. In the week ending Tuesday, 10.58% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. That’s up more than a percentage point from a week ago.

Kalamazoo County: The coronavirus seems to be resurging in Kalamazoo County.

Health officials reported 198 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and Wednesday. That caused the seven day average to jump by almost ten to 86.14 new cases per day.

The county also reported two new deaths from the coronavirus. There have been five deaths reported in the past week.

The county's positivity rate is on the rise as well. In the week ending Tuesday, 8.19% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's more than 1.5 percentage points higher than it was a week ago.

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