BHSJ Daily Update: Additional COVID-19 Deaths Reported, First Death of a St. Joseph County Resident Attributed to Virus

BHSJ Daily Update: Additional COVID-19 Deaths Reported, First Death of a St. Joseph County Resident Attributed to Virus

Coldwater, MI – The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJCHA) received notification of additional deaths attributed to COVID-19; two more deaths from Hillsdale county residents and one death of a St. Joseph county resident. “Today we report the first death of a St. Joseph county resident to COVID-19,” states Rebecca Burns, Health Officer. “We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends. This is a tragic reminder of how serious a threat this virus is to our community and why it is so important to maintain social distance from others at this time.”

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 21 cases in St. Joseph County, 77 cases in Hillsdale County, 29 cases in Branch County and 55 at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Branch County.

Counts by County 

  Branch County Hillsdale County St. Joseph County
# of Positive Cases 29 + 55* 77 21
# of Deaths 2 + 1* 9 1

*Cases in Lakeland Correctional Facility

Total cases statewide on April 13, 2020, from data compiled by MDHHS at 10 a.m. this morning and released at 3 pm, were 25,635 with 1,602 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.

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

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 and follow us on Facebook at

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