Coldwater, MI – The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJCHA) received notification today of additional deaths attributed to COVID-19. As more cases of COVID-19 are identified in our counties we are seeing the number of deaths attributed to the disease rise also.
Governor Whitmer extended the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order today through April 30th by issuing Executive Order 2020-42. In addition to extending “Stay Home, Stay Safe” the order also provides new restrictions on stores to reduce crowds and advises Michiganders that must leave the house to get groceries and needed supplies to do so by themselves.
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 20 cases in St. Joseph County, 64 cases in Hillsdale County, 24 cases in Branch County and 54 at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Branch County.
Counts by County
|Branch County||Hillsdale County||St. Joseph County|
|# of Positive Cases||24 + 54*||64||20|
|# of Deaths||2 + 1*||7||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 21,504 with 1,076 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.
With the Easter holiday coming this weekend, BHSJCHA challenges all residents to establish a new tradition that allows families to continue to social distance from one another; to “Stay Home Stay Safe”.
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 Order
- 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
- 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 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 www.bhsj.org and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BHSJCHA.