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08/07/20

Berrien County COVID-19 Weekly Update: Infection Rate Dips - Now At Low Risk


Berrien County, MI (Blossomland News) - Berrien County is now at low risk as the infection rate has dipped to 0.73 On average, each person in Berrien County, Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.73 other people. Because each person is infecting less than one other person, the total number of current cases in Berrien County, Michigan is shrinking. According to covidactnow.org.*

Over the last week, Berrien County, Michigan has averaged 5.8 new confirmed cases per day for every 100,000 residents. As context, if these rates were to continue, 2-20% of Berrien County, Michigan’s population would be infected in the next year, according to covidactnow.org.*

A low percentage (2.2%) of COVID tests were positive, which suggests enough widespread, aggressive testing in Berrien County, Michigan to detect most new cases. Identifying and isolating new cases can help contain COVID without resorting to lockdowns, according to covidactnow.org.*

Research shows that masks can greatly reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19, especially when approximately 40% of those who have COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. We can only contain the virus and keep Michigan open if everyone stays careful and masks up when they leave home, whether they feel sick or not. (michigan.gov/maskup)

Per recent Executive Order, Michiganders are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Businesses open to the public will refuse entry or service to those who decline to wear a face covering. (michigan.gov/maskup)

A cluster of southern states is still having an active outbreak. These states include: Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alababa, Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Additionally Nevada and Arizona in the Western U.S. is also having an active outbreak. (covidactnow.org)

*8/6/2020 update, covidactnow.org


Berrien County COVID-19 Weekly Update: Infection Rate Dips - Now At Low Risk


Written by: Nate Smith-Manley
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