The Allegan County Health Department today announced that 177 people in the county have died as a result of the Coronvirus since the pandemic began in March 2020.
That means the death toll has increased by nine from 168 on Monday, Sept. 27, and by 13 since Monday, Sept. 20.
The testing positivity rate for the disease is now 12.5%, up more than a half percent from the previous week. There have been 14 new hospitalizations over the past two weeks and the average daily number of cases has moved up to 47.1 over seven days, the highest it has been since early May.
Wayland Union Schools Superintendent Dr. Christina Hinds last week at a school board work session that Wayland has the highest number of Covid cases among school districts in the county and vaccination rates are low.
A total of 651 cases has been reported in the county over the past two weeks, up from 516 a week ago. There now have been 307 hospitalizations from Covid in Allegan County since the pandemic began, an increase over 292 reported on Sept. 27. The number of tests is 14,646 and 12,050 people have been characterized as recovered.
The Allegan County Health Department Aug. 18 issued a directive for all public schools in the county to mandate children in grades K-6 to wear masks in the classrooms because they are not eligible for vaccinations. In the wake of protests from parents and the threat of withholding funding by the State Legislature, the Health Department rescinded its mask order Oct. 1.