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Berrien County confirms two positive cases of Coronavirus

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – The Berrien County Health Department has identified the first two positive cases of COVID-19 within the county. Both people are adult women under the age of 60 that have been self-isolating for several days and are in good condition.

The women had close personal contact with singer Sandi Patty after a concert at Andrews University in Berrien Springs on March 8.

On March 17 Patty announced that she tested positive for COVID-19.

The Berrien County Health Department and Andrews University are advising anyone with similarly close contact with Patty at the concert should self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms.

“This is sobering news and these are sobering times,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, president, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “The first cases of COVID-19 in Berrien County don’t come as a surprise. We have been preparing for weeks and working closely with local and state partners to ensure we are ready to care for our friends and neighbors. The most important thing you can do is be diligent about keeping social distance, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and call ahead before you come to the hospital or doctor’s office if you are sick.”

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