Berrien County Health Department updates mask guidelines for public settings

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – The Berrien County Health Department is shifting its COVID-19 mask protocols from “mask recommended” to “mask optional” in indoor public settings, including in K-12 schools.

The decision follows a decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the county, as well as an increase in testing supplies, vaccinations and, and other treatments.

This change follows updates from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, which said the state is entering the “recovery” or “post-surge” phase of the pandemic.  

“Local data shows COVID-19 is a declining threat to our community,” Guy Miller, Acting Health Officer for Berrien County, explained.  “Berrien County residents now have the tools in place to make choices based on their health status and their risk tolerance, something that was not readily available over the past two years.

Berrien County residents who have or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 are encouraged to still follow the health department’s guidelines about quarantining and isolating.

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