BENTON HARBOR — Berrien County remained in the high COVID-19 transmission category for the eighth week in a row, but saw the number of new cases drop.

Berrien’s seven-day average for new cases from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 was about 181 new cases per 100,000 residents, according to state data. Last week, it was at 211 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Two people died from COVID-19 in Berrien, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6.

Berrien County’s percent of tests coming back positive was at 11 percent on Thursday. Last week, it was 13 percent.

The number of COVID-positive patients at Spectrum Health Lakeland grew from the previous week.

There were about 27 patients admitted each day, as of Friday, Oct. 8. That’s the total admitted, not new admissions each day. That’s above the average a day for the last three weeks: 17, 23 and 22.

Interim health officer Courtney Davis said emergency departments were inundated from both non-COVID respiratory diseases and COVID-19 on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Vaccine update

Vaccinations saw a drop compared to the previous week.

COVID-19 vaccine providers in Berrien County had administered 737 doses as of Thursday, Oct. 7, down from 1,170 doses the week prior. The week before that, 988 doses were administered.

As of Friday, 143,360 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Berrien County with 66,027 of those being second doses, according to state data.

That equates to about 59 percent of Berrien County residents (12 and up) with at least one dose of vaccine, and about 54.5 percent being fully vaccinated.

Last Thursday, the county was at 58.5 percent with at least one dose and 53.9 percent fully vaccinated

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