COVID Update: Kzoo hospitalizations lowest in 5 months

Just 50 people are being treated with COVID-19 in Kalamazoo - a stark improvement over the numbers from a month ago. Meanwhile, new infection numbers continue to decline both locally and statewide.

Michigan: Just over 1,000 people are testing positive for the coronavirus in Michigan each day – the lowest level since early August of last year.

State health officials reported 1,860 new cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and Monday, causing the seven day average to decline to 1,050 new cases per day.

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Every other pandemic metric is improving as well. Officials reported 26 new COVID deaths over the weekend, sending the seven day average plummeting to 35.3 deaths per day.

The state’s positivity rate has reached its lowest level since Aug. 11. In the week ending Sunday, 7.2% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. During previous phases of the pandemic, state health officials had targeted 5% positivity as the rate at which things could begin to return to normal.

Hospitalizations have also declined, though not as swiftly as they have for much of the past month. On Monday, hospitals in the state reported they were caring for 1,188 patients with COVID-19. That’s a decline of nearly 400 from Friday’s total.

School Outbreaks: Just 17 schools reported outbreaks of COVID-19 infections during the past week. That’s the smallest outbreak number since the beginning of the school year, with the exception of the week students returned to classes after winter break.

There were no new reported outbreaks in Kalamazoo County schools, though there are 15 ongoing outbreaks being monitored by the state.

Kalamazoo County: Kalamazoo has seen its lowest COVID hospitalization number since last summer. The county's two hospitals reported on Monday that they were treating just 50 COVID patients. That number has dropped from a record high 142 patients nearly two months ago.

Like the rest of the state, other pandemic measurements are also in decline.

Health officials reported just 57 new cases of the coronavirus over the weekend. That sent the seven day average falling to roughly 30 new cases per day.

For the first time since early December, there were no reported COVID-19 deaths in the Kalamazoo's latest report.

And the county's positivity rate continues to decline, but isn't quite keeping up with state numbers. In the week ending Sunday, 9.3% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results.

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