Coldwater, MI – The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJCHA) is reporting updated information on case counts in the tri-county area. The number of positive cases in the 3-county jurisdiction as of 3 pm today includes 14 cases in St. Joseph County, 46 cases in Hillsdale County, 15 cases in Branch County and 31 at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Branch County.
Counts by County
|Branch County||Hillsdale County||St. Joseph County|
|# of Positive Cases||15 + 31*||46||14|
|# of Deaths||1||3||0|
*Cases in Lakeland Correctional Facility
Total cases statewide, from data compiled by MDHHS at 10 a.m. this morning and released at 3 pm today, are 17,721 with 727 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 contact tracing and strictly adhere to patient privacy as required by HIPAA.
In a reversal of recommended practices for private citizens not ill, on April 3rd the CDC published a recommendation that everyone wear a facemask when out in a public space. This recommendation was echoed today by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services who released Face Coverings: Frequently Asked Questions. The MDHHS guidance recommends that Michiganders wear a face covering when outside of their home. And reminds us that a face covering IS NOT a surgical or N95 mask which must be reserved for healthcare workers but IS a well secured cloth that covers the mouth and nose.