8/16/21: Kzoo passes 10% positivity

Deaths rise in Michigan as the positivity rate flattens out.

Michigan: New cases of COVID-19 are still rising, but rising slowly in Michigan.

State health officials reported 3,554 new cases of the coronavirus over the weekend. That caused the seven day average to rise a little bit to 1,352 new cases per day.

At the same time, the state reported 19 new deaths over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The seven day average jumped to 10.29 deaths per day – almost two higher than it was on Friday. The death average has almost doubled in a week.

But the state’s positivity rate seems to be flattening out. In the week ending Sunday, 7.67% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That’s close to where the positivity rate has been for three days.

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Kalamazoo County: The county's positivity rate blew past 10% over the weekend. In the week ending Sunday, 10.17% of coronavirus tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's nearly two percentage points higher than it was a week earlier.

Health officials reported one new death from the coronavirus over the weekend. It was the first such death in the previous week.

The county also reported 132 new cases of COVID-19 over Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That pushed the seven day average up by nearly ten to 48.71 new cases per day.

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