Steady rates in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Berrien County continued over the weekend of April 17-19.

The county recorded 150 new COVID-19 cases over that Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The county recorded 132 new cases the previous weekend and 181 new cases the weekend before that.

On April 19, the seven-day average for new cases per day was at about 48. The previous Monday, it was at 46.

COVID hospitalizations at Spectrum Health Lakeland were again in the 40s over the weekend, with 41 patients April 17 and 18. On April 19 the inpatient count rose to 46, the hospital reported. The previous Monday, the hospital had reported having 40 COVID patients admitted.

Berrien County did record a new COVID-19 death on April 19, bringing the county’s death toll to 233.

Recoveries came in at 111 over the weekend. The county had recorded 86 the previous weekend. Recoveries are starting to increase as it passes a month since this wave of new cases began. Recoveries are defined as those still alive 30 days after a positive COVID-19 test.

With deaths and recoveries, Berrien County was at about 1,513 active COVID-19 cases.

State reports

Several recent outbreaks at county schools were reported by the state on April 19. School outbreaks are defined as two or more cases, who may have shared exposure on school grounds and are from different households.

Lybrook Elementary in Eau Claire had two student cases, Watervliet High School had two student cases, and Brandywine Middle/High School had two student cases.

Vaccine update

Over April 17-19, COVID-19 vaccine providers in Berrien County got 1,436 doses administered, with 557 of those being second doses.

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