COVID-19

10/8/21: Infections in young people push COVID rates higher

New infection rates are picking up speed. Kzoo's positivity rate breaks 9%.

Michigan: The rates of new COVID-19 infections are rising to levels not seen since May. The increase is being driven in part by increasing infections among people under age 20. In the past week, 27% of all new infections in the state have been in that age group – much higher than the 16% average for the entirety of the pandemic.

State health officials reported 8,409 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and Friday of last week. That pushed the seven day average up to 3,541 new cases per day.

The state also reported 82 new deaths from the coronavirus, with 40 of them coming from a review of previous death records. That nudged the seven day average up slightly to 33.71 new cases per day.

The state’s positivity rate has risen above 11% for the first time since April. In the week ending Thursday, 11.05% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. The last time the positivity rate was that high was April 30.

Kalamazoo County: Infection and positivity rate averages continued to climb in Kalamazoo County at the end of last week.

Health officials reported 216 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and Friday. That caused the seven day average to rise just a little to 88.43 new cases per day.

The county also reported one new coronavirus death over the two-day period. In total, three people have died of COVID-19 in the past week.

The county's positivity rate pushed past 9% on Thursday. In the prior week, 9.29% of coronavirus tests returned positive results. The positivity rate is now solidly going upward in Kalamazoo County after having declined for most of a month.