COVID-19 cases see significant increase Thursday

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Thursday, the state of Michigan saw a significant increase in reported cases of COVID-19 cases as compared to previous days.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, several factors are contributing to this increase including backlogged results being reported electronically into the Michigan Disease Surveillance System and increased testing at correctional facilities across the state.

Statewide, there have been 49,582 cases, 4,787 deaths and 22,686 recoveries to date.

Thursday, Berrien County reported 469 cases with an additional 185 presumed positive cases. The Berrien County Health Department also reported one new COVID-19 death, bringing the county’s total to 27 deaths. The latest victim was a man over the age of 90 with underlying conditions.

In Berrien County, 284 COVID-19 patients have recovered.

Van Buren County also reported an additional COVID-19 death, bringing its total death count to five. As of Thursday, 100 patients in Van Buren County have been confirmed to have COVID-19, while 26 had recovered.

Cass County reported 46 positive cases of COVID-19, two deaths and 18 recoveries.