BENTON HARBOR —Berrien County saw an increase in new cases for the week of Oct. 7-13, and remained in the high COVID-19 transmission category for the ninth week in a row.

Berrien’s seven-day average for new cases from Oct. 7-13 was about 213 new cases per 100,000 residents, according to state data. Last week, it was at 181 new cases per 100,000 residents.

One person died from COVID-19 in Berrien, from Oct. 7-13.

Berrien County’s percent of tests coming back positive was at 13 percent on Oct. 14. It was 11 percent the previous week.

The number of COVID-positive patients at Spectrum Health Lakeland fell from a week earlier.

There were about 16 patients admitted each day, as of Friday, Oct. 15 That’s the total admitted, not new admissions each day. That’s below the average a day for the last three weeks: 27, 17 and 23.

The BCHD’s data dashboard remains under construction.

Vaccine update

Vaccinations increased significantly compared to the previous week.

COVID-19 vaccine providers in Berrien County administered 1,345 doses this week, as of Oct. 14, up from 737 doses the week prior. The week before that, 1,170 doses were administered.

As of Oct. 14 144,143 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Berrien County with 66,471 of those being second doses, according to state data.

That equates to about 59.2 percent of Berrien County residents (12 and up) with at least one dose of vaccine, and about 54.8 percent being fully vaccinated.

On Oct. 7, the county was at 59 percent with at least one dose and 54.5 percent fully vaccinated.

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