The Allegan County Health Department has reported four more deaths for the second straight week as a result of the Coronavirus, bringing the total to 188 since the pandemic began in March 2020.
As of Friday, Aug. 27, the death toll was listed at 160, and the county’s number since the start of the pandemic had remained at 158 for about two months over the summer. So the toll for just the last two months is 28.
The testing positivity rate for the disease is now 17.9 percent, up 1.6 percentage points in the past week, and more than 5 percent over the past two weeks. There have been 14 new hospitalizations over the past two weeks and the average daily number of cases has increased to 93.6, up from 52.6 over seven days.
A total of 780 cases has been reported in the county over the past two weeks, again a slight increase. There now have been 331 hospitalizations from Covid in Allegan County since the pandemic began, a slight increase over the course of the month. The number of tests is 21,758, more than 1,500 more than a week ago and 12,889 people have been characterized as recovered.
Wayland High School reported four cases of Covid-19 this week and there has been an outbreak of cases at St. Therese Church.
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 In the wake of protests from parents and the State Legislature’s threat of withholding funding, the Health Department rescinded its mask order Oct. 1.