Coldwater, MI – The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJCHA) is providing updated information for cases in the tri-county area as of 3 pm today. The number of positive cases in the 3-county jurisdiction has increased today with 3 cases in St. Joseph County, 13 cases in Hillsdale County, and 8 at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Branch County. Total cases statewide as of 3 pm today are 6,498 with 184 deaths attributed to COVID-19. BHSJCHA remains committed to thorough investigation and communication with all individuals affected by COVID-19. The staff at BHSJCHA adhere to the MDHHS guidelines for testing and follow best practices for contract tracing and strictly adhere to patient privacy as required by HIPAA.
|Counts by County|
|Branch County||Hillsdale County||St. Joseph County|
|# of Positive Cases||8*||13||3|
|# of Deaths||0||1||0|
*Cases in Lakeland Correctional Facility
BHSJCHA is asking anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for 14 days to avoid potentially exposing others. And for individuals that have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for fever, cough, and shortness of breath. COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should:
• Stay Home. Stay Safe. Save Lives. in compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive
• Wash their hands
• Stay home when sick
• Avoid close contact with sick people
• Avoid touching their face
• Disinfect commonly touched surfaces
• When you must go out for groceries and other necessary supplies; only those people
absolutely needed for the task should go, others should stay home.
• Keep six feet between yourself and others
• Work from home if you are a non-essential worker
People who are concerned that they may have COVID-19 should contact their healthcare
provider and call ahead before visiting any healthcare facility. Mildly ill people are encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance. If you feel well, you do not need to be tested. Testing is determined based on risk assessment. Information about the COVID-19 situation locally, and in Michigan is rapidly changing. For more information, visit http://www.bhsj.org.
BHSJCHA is committed to promoting wellness, preventing disease, providing health care, and protecting the environment. For additional information, contact your local health department office or visit http://www.bhsj.org and follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BHSJCHA.