5/17/21: State positivity rate reaches 7%

Deaths and infections are still dropping. Two-fifths of Michigan residents have been fully vaccinated.

Michigan: Michigan’s positivity rate fell to just 7% on Friday – a sign that the spring surge of the COVID-19 pandemic is truly subsiding. The last time the state’s positivity rate was this low was on March 18.

In line with the declining positivity rate, Michigan’s average of new infections fell as well. State health officials reported 1,766 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 1,289 on Saturday. That caused the seven day average on Saturday to drop to 1,713 new cases per day – the lowest it’s been in two months.

The state’s COVID-19 death rate is dropping as well. The state reported 33 deaths from the coronavirus on Friday and 107 on Saturday, with 91 of Saturday’s number coming from a review of previous death records. The average number of deaths fell to 57.3 deaths per day over the previous week.

Hospitalizations in the state dropped by 115 on Friday. The state reported that 2,086 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in the state on that day.

Kalamazoo County: The county hasn’t reported COVID-19 stats since last Wednesday.

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Vaccines: More than two-fifths of Michigan residents are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

On Friday, the state reported that 3.6 million people had received two doses of one of the two-shot vaccines or one dose of the one-shot vaccine making them fully immune to the coronavirus. That equals 42.1% of Michigan residents age 12 and older.

The rate is even higher in Kalamazoo County, where nearly half the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus. Officials reported on Friday that more than 107,000 people in the county were fully inoculated.

But vaccination rates are slowing in Michigan and Kalamazoo County.

As of Sunday, the state is reportedly administering about 53,000 vaccines per day, while Kalamazoo County’s rate has dropped to less than 1,000 shots per day.

At one point, the state was inoculating more than 100,000 people per day, while the county was reaching more than 3,000 people per day.

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