Health Huddle – COVID Updates 8/27 & 9/1

COVID-19 Data Trend Updates

from Berrien County Health Department

BCHD COVID Public Health Order 9/1, from BCHD

Today (Sept. 1) we issued a public health order requiring the use of face masks by individuals in pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 indoor educational settings, regardless of vaccination status to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The order will be effective Monday, Sept. 6 and will remain in effect until community transmission is categorized as “low” or “moderate” for a period of 21 days and no increase has been observed in hospitalizations and deaths during that same period.

Read the full order and get more info here:

BCHD COVID Data Update 8/27, from BCHD

(Aug. 27) We continue to see the numbers of new COVID-19 cases rise in Berrien County, keeping us in the high transmission category. We are averaging about 35 new cases each day, and close to a 12% test positivity rate. The numbers of patients in the hospital with COVID-19 are also climbing.

We know that the Delta variant is spreading in Berrien County, accounting for many of the new cases, particularly amongst those who are not vaccinated. Vaccination is urged for all those ages 12+ and continues to be the best way to reduce your chance of severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

BCHD COVID Delta variant infographic, from BCHD

Please stay home if you’re feeling sick – if you do test positive or are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, please adhere to isolation and quarantine!

And for the love of public health, PLEASE wear a mask when you’re indoors and in close contact with others.

See more data trends and latest data here:

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About Berrien County Health Department: Since 1964 we have worked to protect the public from threats to their health, promote better health for all people, and assure that our residents are provided with accessible public health programs and services meeting current health needs. Through our programs aimed at health promotion, environmental health protection, public health preparedness, our community-oriented health services, and community-based public health assessment practices, we are the leader in protecting and improving well-being in Berrien County.

BCHD Mission Statement: To serve the residents of Berrien County by preventing disease, protecting health, and promoting an optimal quality of life for all.

BCHD Vision Statement: A community with collaborative partnerships working together to improve health outcomes and promote health equity.

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