Berrien County announces first positive coronavirus cases

NOW: Berrien County announces first positive coronavirus cases

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – The Berrien County Health Department announced its first positive cases of the novel coronavirus Saturday.

“These individuals were both adult women under the age of 60,” Berrien County Health Officer Nicki Britten said.
“They are both currently self isolated at home and I’m happy to report they are in good condition recovering from those symptoms.”

The virus was likely spread from meeting gospel singer Sandi Patty at a March 8 concert at Andrews University in Berrien Springs.

Last week, Patty revealed on Facebook she had COVID-19.

Officials expect the virus to spread further in the community and that those at risk need to be protected.

“Watch out for the elderly and the vulnerable because elderly people especially are the most at risk, county Medical Director Rick Johansen said.
“Those that are immune suppressed and stuff like that, those are people that should be the most cautious about practicing social distancing and staying away from others.”

Sheriff Chuck Heit also declared that all county buildings will be closed to the public indefinitely.

“Many county services though will remain open via telephone, email, fax and through website,” Heit said.

So far officials know results from just two others who went to the concert. Each came back negative

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