Three more deaths related to the Coronavirus were reported over the past week by the Allegan County Health Department.
The total number of fatalities attributed to Covid since the pandemic began in March 2020 now stands at 180. Seventeen deaths have been reported in just the last three weeks, since Sept. 20.
The testing positivity rate for the disease is now 14.79 percent, up from 12.5% from the previous week. There have been 20 new hospitalizations over the past two weeks and the average daily number of cases has decreased slightly to 44.7, down from 47.1 over seven days.
A total of 712 cases has been reported in the county over the past two weeks, again an increase. There now have been 316 hospitalizations from Covid in Allegan County since the pandemic began, an increase over 307 reported on Sept. 27. The number of tests is 18,026 and 12,262 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the wake of protests from parents and the threat of withholding funding by the State Legislature, the Health Department rescinded its mask order Oct. 1.