COVID Update: Hints of a surge?

For the most part things are looking good pandemic-wise. Hospitalizations are still declining and infection rates are still low. But some indicators are inching up again, raising the specter of another COVID surge.

Michigan: Things are looking good in Michigan. The rates of COVID infections are floating around where they were last summer before the Delta variant grabbed hold of the state. But some pandemic indicators that had been on the decline may be inching back upward.

State health officials reported 1,423 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. That put the seven day average at 820 new cases per day. That’s up a little bit from last week when numbers hit their lowest levels in several months.

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The state’s positivity rate bottomed out at nearly 3% last week. It’s been trending upward ever since. In the week ending Sunday, 4.72% of COVID tests conducted in the state returned positive results. It’s still not high enough to raise concerns, but it shows more people are contracting the coronavirus than a week ago.

Some signs continue to be defiantly positive. Fewer and fewer people are dying each day from COVID-19. The state reported just eight deaths between Saturday and Monday, knocking the seven day average down to 25 deaths per day.

And hospitalizations continue to dwindle across the state. As of Monday, 595 people were being treated with COVID in hospitals. That’s down by almost 100 from Friday.

Kalamazoo County: The county has been lagging the state for weeks in terms of its COVID numbers. Fortunately, the county hasn't seen the same turnaround as the rest of the state.

Kalamazoo County reported just 26 new cases of the coronavirus between Saturday and Monday, pushing the seven day average down to 16 new cases per day.

There have been no new deaths reported since Friday.

Kalamazoo hasn't reached the same positivity rate the state has, but the county's rate is continuing to decline while the state's has begun to rise again. In the week ending Sunday, 5.1% of COVID tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That continues a consistent decline since the middle of January.

Finally, COVID hospitalizations are the lowest they've been since last summer. On Monday, the county's two hospitals reported they were caring for a total of 24 people with COVID-19.

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