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.

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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.

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