5 coronavirus cases reported in Berrien County

Posted at 8:27 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 20:32:25-04

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — There are now five cases of the coronaivurs in Berrien County.

Three more people have tested positive for the virus in Berrien County, according to the county today.

The county reported its first two cases on Saturday.

One of the new cases is a male over 60. He's the spouse of another case related to the recent Sandi Patty concert in the county. He is self-isloated at home.

The other new case is a male over 60. His case is not associated with the Sandi Patty concert. He is self-isolated at home.

The third case is a male over 60. The county said it is "not known at this time" if his exposure is related to the Sandi Patty concert. He is recovering Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

The Berrien County Health Department said it is communicating with people who have been "in close contact" with the patients.

“Based on the increase of COVID-19 cases across the region, residents can assume that there is a possibility the virus may be present when they are in public places in the community,” said Nicki Britten, health officer, Berrien County Health Department.

“Everyone should be taking all recommended prevention measures by practicing social distancing and heeding executive orders that are in place. Our collective goal remains to slow the spread of cases as much as possible.”