COVID numbers considered moderate

The number of new COVID-19 cases is considered moderate in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties, health agency officer Rebecca Burns told her board Thursday.

Rates are low compared to three months ago and the levels are nowhere near the spike of new infections reported in January, Burns said.

Branch County averaged two new cases a day, the same as the prior week. St. Joseph County also reported two a day, down from three the previous week.

Burns suspects positive levels are lower because of home testing not reported to the state or health agency.

St. Joseph County vaccination rates are 52.4 percent, while Branch County is at 50.2 percent.

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