COVID-19 cases continue to rise

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — COVID-19 cases continue to rise in southwest Michigan.

Statewide, Michigan has reached 48,021 cases and 4,674 deaths, as of Tuesday. As of Friday, May 8, there were 22,686 recoveries in the state.

Berrien County reported 411 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, with an additional 180 presumed positive cases, as of Tuesday. The Berrien County Health Department also reported a total of 25 deaths and 258 recoveries.

Of the confirmed positive cases in the county, 50 to 99 were found in the 49120 zip code, which includes Niles. Ten to 49 cases were found in the 49107 zip code, which includes Buchanan.

Across county lines, the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department reported 43 cases, two deaths and 18 recoveries in Cass County. Also Tuesday, Van Buren County reported 94 cases, four deaths and 26 recoveries.

Though Michigan remains under the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order until May 28 to slow the spread of COVID-19 infections, across stateliness, Indiana has begun to reopen the state. Bars, restaurants and retail spaces are able to open at 50 percent capacity, while barbershops and salons can open by appointment only.

As of press time Tuesday, St. Joseph County, Indiana had seen 847 positive COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths to date. Elkhart County had 525 cases and 21 deaths.

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