BENTON HARBOR — Area Rite Aid pharmacies on Monday, Feb. 15, began scheduling people 65 and older for COVID-19 vaccines.

Several area Rite Aids are offering the vaccine, including Bridgman, Berrien Springs, Buchanan, Coloma, Dowagiac, Hartford and Niles.

Visit www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier to find a location and signup.

As of Sunday, Feb. 14, a total of 25,635 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Berrien County, with about 6,638 of those being second doses. That’s an additional 5,222 doses since the previous Sunday and 1,376 doses since Thursday, Feb. 11.

Berrien County recorded just 41 new COVID-19 cases over Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Feb. 12-14, continuing the county’s downward data trends.

The county recorded 70 new cases the previous weekend, and the weekend before, 88 new cases.

During the same three days (Feb. 12-14), the county added 158 recoveries, and one death.

With the deaths and recoveries, the county is down to about 864 active COVID-19 cases. That’s down from 1,106 on Feb. 8.

COVID-19 hospitalizations at Spectrum Health Lakeland stayed steady over the weekend of Feb. 12-14, with 18 patients on Saturday, 17 on Sunday and 19 on Monday.

No new COVID-19 outbreaks were reported at any Berrien, Cass or Van Buren county schools last week, according to the Feb. 15 report by the state.

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