Ben Jones

Bio

Ben Jones runs the tech side of things at NowKalamazoo while also compiling the daily newsletter. Jones worked in film production for several years before jumping into broadcast journalism. He claims that he has worked for every radio news department in Kalamazoo (there are more of them than you think). More recently he has delved into website development, working with everything from small, local nonprofits to large, multinational organizations.

Articles

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

September 21, 2022

COVID rates are flat. So are deaths and hospitalizations. Is this the NEW new normal?

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

September 15, 2022

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Michigan jumped over the past week, but some of the increase may be due to Labor Day holiday backlogs the week before. Also, COVID is still a top-three killer in Michigan.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

September 7, 2022

Some of the declines in new COVID-19 infections could be due to the holiday weekend. At the same time, hospitalizations have reached a six month high.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

August 31, 2022

Daily rates of new COVID-19 infections in Michigan are largely unchanged from last week. But some expect the new school year could make a difference in the coming weeks.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

August 17, 2022

The number of new COVID-19 cases shot up by more than 1,000 cases per day over the past week. That’s after case numbers fell the week before. But testing delays may account for some of the difference.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

August 11, 2022

The daily average of new COVID-19 infections fell last week for the first time since July. At the same time, hospitalizations went up slightly. And new data models suggest Michigan could see a surge of new COVID hospitalizations peaking in October.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

July 28, 2022

COVID infection numbers are on the rise again in Michigan, as BA.5 continues to spread. Kalamazoo County has seen similar increases, but the CDC has downgraded its community level from High to Medium.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

July 20, 2022

New infection numbers were flat over the past week in Kalamazoo County and Michigan. At the same time, experts say the BA.5 subvariant is spreading fast and continues to make itself known.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

July 13, 2022

COVID-19 case numbers went up following the July 4 holiday weekend. But that may not be the only thing leading to more infections.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

July 6, 2022

After spiking a week ago, the number of new COVID infections dropped again over the past week. But experts are keeping an eye out for any post-holiday effects.