BENTON TOWNSHIP — Though Berrien County’s COVID-19 numbers continued to plateau this week, local health officials are still warning of community spread of the virus.
“While we continue to see new clusters of cases pop up, the majority of our new cases are from widespread community transmission across the entire county,” the Berrien County Health Department (BCHD) wrote on its Facebook page Friday, Aug. 7, in its weekly update.
This week the county added 76 new cases and 65 new recoveries.
The one COVID-19 death recorded this week was a person in their 90s who lived at a long-term care facility, according to the BCHD.
There are now about 99 active COVID-19 cases in the county. That’s up from 89 last Friday, but down from 141 the week before. In total, the county as of Aug. 7 has had 1,169 cases, 1,005 recoveries, 65 deaths and 241 presumed positive cases.
Spectrum Health Lakeland was treating 13 COVID-19 patients as of Friday morning. That’s two more than on Thursday and the same as the previous Friday.
As of Aug. 4, about 2.2 percent of Berrien County’s COVID-19 tests were coming back positive. That’s with an average of 567 tests daily. Last week the county had about 3.7 percent of its tests coming back positive.