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Berrien County announces first death due to COVID-19

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 16:16:28-04

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Monday afternoon, the Berrien County Health Department (BCHD) is reporting its first death due to COVID-19. The person who died was a male over the age of 70 and he was hospitalized at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. He did have serious underlying health conditions.

“On behalf of the entire Spectrum Health Lakeland team our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of this individual,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, president, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “We realize this is difficult news for our community and these are unprecedented and uncertain times for all. We have the deepest compassion for our friends and neighbors who fall sick, and for our team members who remain committed to care for our COVID-19 patients and fight this virus together.”

Berrien County currently has 32 positive cases of COVID-19, including this reported death, as of Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. Many of these individuals are recovering from their symptoms at home, and at this time, 10 of those positive cases are known to have fully recovered from their symptoms.

Berrien County residents with questions related to COVID-19 are encouraged to call 1-800-815-5485, the Berrien County COVID-19 Response Hotline. BCHD and Spectrum Health Lakeland have downloadable materials, videos and other resources online to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Community members, churches, schools, businesses and others are encouraged to visit www.bchdmi.org/COVID19 [bchdmi.org] or www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19 to access the resources.