BENTON HARBOR — New COVID-19 cases fell slightly from Nov. 17-23, but remained high as Berrien County follows the statewide surge.

Berrien’s seven-day average for new cases during the week was about 439 new cases per 100,000 residents, according to state data. It was at 452 new cases per 100,000 residents the previous week. The week prior, it was at 200 new cases per 100,000 residents.

The county remained in the high COVID-19 transmission category for the 15th week in a row. Berrien County’s percent of tests coming back positive was 24.6 percent on Wednesday. A week earlier, it was 19.4 percent.

One person died from COVID-19 in Berrien, from Nov. 17-23.

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

There were about 51 patients admitted each day, as of Friday, Nov. 26. That’s the total admitted, not new admissions each day. That’s up from the average a day for the last three weeks: 45, 37 and 34.

Vaccine update

Vaccinations administered fell from last week to this week, according to state data. However, vaccine data was not posted on Nov. 26 because of the holiday.

As of Nov. 25, 149,395 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Berrien County with 67,907 of those being second doses, according to state data.

That equates to about 56.6 percent of Berrien County residents (5 and up) with at least one dose of vaccine, and about 51.1 percent being fully vaccinated.

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