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A COVID-19 drive-up vaccination clinic was held Feb. 4 at Chikamng Township Hall in Harbert.

BENTON TOWNSHIP — The number of people in Berrien County that have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to rise.

As of Sunday, Feb. 7, 20,413 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Berrien County, with about 4,427 of those being second doses.

Berrien County reached 200 confirmed COVID-19 deaths over the weekend ending Feb. 7.

In addition, another presumed death was added to the county’s tally, bringing that total to 18.

Over Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Feb. 6-8, Berrien County recorded 70 new COVID-19 cases and 156 new recoveries. With deaths and recoveries, the county was at about 1,106 active COVID-19 cases. That’s down from about 1,300 the previous Monday.

Spectrum Health Lakeland was treating 16 COVID-19 patients on Monday morning, Feb. 8. That’s down from 24 on Friday, but up from 13 on Feb. 1.

A B.1.1.7 variant case of COVID-19 was identified in Van Buren County late Sunday, Feb. 7, officials reported the next day.

Van Buren/Cass District Health Department (VBCDHD) officials wrote in a news release that further details about the person with the variant are unknown and an investigation is ongoing. The SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant is thought to have emerged in the United Kingdom and has since been detected in other countries and states. As of Feb. 8, 10 Michigan counties, including Van Buren, have identified cases of the variant.

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