COVID Update: Just a blip?

Last week, it seemed like COVID-19 numbers were on the rise again in Michigan. This week is the opposite. Infection measurements and positivity rates are heading back downward.

Michigan: Recent increases in COVID-19 rates in Michigan may have just been a bump in the road. That’s what the latest data from the state seems to suggest.

State health officials reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and Monday. That lowered the seven day average to 627 new cases per day. Over the past couple weeks, the average has dropped to 675 cases per day before rising again to more than 800.

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The state’s positivity rate also did an about-face, falling to less than 4% after increasing last week. In the week ending Sunday, 3.4% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results.

Death and hospitalization numbers also declined over the past week.

Officials reported six new COVID deaths over the weekend, lowering the seven day average to just shy of 20 deaths per day. And 510 people were being treated with COVID-19 infections in hospitals in the state on Monday, a decline of 85 over the past week.

Kalamazoo County: Things are a little different at the county level, as they often seem to be.

The COVID-19 positivity rate actually increased over the past few days. In the week ending Sunday, 5% of coronavirus tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's up from 4.6% in the middle of last week.

Infection averages went up as well. Health officials reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and Monday. That caused the seven day average to increase to 19 new cases per day - up from 16 a week ago.

Other pandemic measurements continued to decline. There were no COVID-19 deaths to report in the county over the weekend. In fact, there have been no COVID deaths reported since last Wednesday.

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