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COVID OUTBREAK: Second Wave Hits Berrien County
Berrien County, MI (Blossomland News) - CovidActNow.org is reporting COVID-19 infections in Berrien County, Michigan have reached the peak level we saw in the spring and is near the critical classification.
On average, each person in Berrien County, Michigan with COVID is infecting 1.30 other people. As such, the total number of active cases in Berrien County, Michigan is growing at an unsustainable rate. If this trend continues, the hospital system may become overloaded. Caution is warranted, according to CovidActNow.org.
A significant percentage (5.1%) of COVID tests were positive, meaning that Berrien County, Michigan’s testing meets WHO minimums but needs to be further expanded to detect most new cases. Identifying and isolating new cases can help contain COVID without resorting to lockdowns, according to CovidActNow.org
Berrien County, Michigan has about 20 ICU beds. Based on best available data, we estimate that 35% (7) are currently occupied by non-COVID patients. Of the 13 ICU beds remaining, we estimate 4 are needed by COVID cases, or 32% of available beds. This suggests there is likely enough capacity to absorb a wave of new COVID infections, according to CovidActNow.org.
Written by: Nate Smith-Manley