8/6/21: COVID cases near 1K per day

Kzoo reports one new death as positivity rate nears 9%. Hospitalizations are on their way back up again.

Michigan: Michigan is averaging almost 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day. That’s according to data released Friday by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Officials reported 3,962 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. That brought the seven day average to 938 new cases per day. The numbers haven’t been that high since the end of May, when Michigan was on the downswing of the spring surge of the pandemic.

Despite rising case numbers, deaths are on the decline. The state reported just three deaths over the three-day period. All three of them came from a review of previous death records.

However, hospitalizations are on the rise again. On Friday, the state reported 600 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in the state. That’s almost 200 more than it was a week ago.

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Kalamazoo County: Health officials reported one new death from the coronavirus in Kalamazoo County over the latter part of last week. Despite that, the county's seven day average remains low - just three deaths in the past week.

Still, case counts are on the rise. Officials counted 141 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. That brought the county's seven day average up to nearly 33 new cases per day.

Kalamazoo's positivity rate - which shot up last week - has slowed down some, though it is still rising. In the week ending Thursday, 8.57% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. That's high enough to put the county in the "substantial" transmission category according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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