Berrien County reports 1st coronavirus death

Posted at 4:05 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 16:05:16-04

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Berrien County has reported its first death due to the coronavirus.

He was over 70 and had "serious underlying health conditions," according to the Berrien County Health Department this afternoon.

The man was hospitalized at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Berrien County has 32 positive cases of the virus, including this death.

The county said "many" of the those people are "recovering from their symptoms at home."

Ten of those positive cases have "fully recovered from their symptoms."

“This is a tragic loss of life, and we share our heartfelt condolences with the family,” said Nicki Britten, health officer, Berrien County Health Department.

Britten "urges" residents to continue practicing social distancing under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order.

“Protecting the health of our community and slowing the spread of COVID-19 is our top priority,” Britten said.