Berrien County Health Department seeing lower transmission rates of COVID-19

NOW: Berrien County Health Department seeing lower transmission rates of COVID-19

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – Today marks six months since Berrien County has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 and since then, the numbers are trending down-including the positivity rate, which is the percentage of people who are testing positive.

Since March, the seven-day positivity rate began in the 20 percent range.

Over the past three weeks, the average positivity percentage is been hovering around the three percent range.

Communications Manager at Berrien County Health Department Gillian Conrad contribute the downward trend staying home, wearing face masks and hand washing.

“We know these steady and consistently low trends are definitely , in part, thanks to the actions that all of our community members have taken by staying home when they are sick, wearing their face coverings when they’re in public, washing their hands frequently and just staying home as much as they possibly can,” said Conrad.

Conrad said that each week, Berrien County Health Department is seeing relatively low rates of transmission of COVID-19 occurring.

“If more people across our entire country wore face coverings, we would see a reduction in cases and we would see less transmission happening,” said Conrad.

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