10/20/21: Deaths rise as new infections fall

County and state positivity rates are flat. Kzoo reports 2 new COVID deaths.

Michigan: The daily average of COVID-19 deaths rose to a new autumn high on Wednesday even as the average of new infections dropped sharply.

State health officials on Wednesday reported 135 new deaths from the coronavirus, with 78 coming from a review of previous death records. That pushed the seven day average up by more than three to 40.71 deaths per day.

At the same time, the state reported 7,108 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday. That pushed the seven day average down to 3,414 new cases per day – more than 200 fewer than Monday’s number.

Meanwhile, the state’s positivity rate continued to be flat. In the week ending Tuesday, 11.37% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. The positivity rate has fluctuated between 11.2% and 11.5% over the past week-and-a-half.

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Kalamazoo County: Health officials reported two new deaths from the coronavirus in Kalamazoo County over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday. There have been five deaths total over the past week.

The county also experienced a sharp decline in new infections. Health officials reported 165 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and Wednesday. That caused the seven day average to drop 9% to 73.57 new cases per day.

Kalamazoo’s positivity rate fell below 9% again on Tuesday. It has been hovering around that 9% number for two weeks now. In the week ending Tuesday, 8.86% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results.

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