Berrien County declares native state of emergency amid COVID-19 outbreak | Information

County leaders hope the measure opens extra alternatives for support to fight the unfold of novel coronavirus.



BERRIEN COUNTY, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — With a mounting variety of confirmed COVID-19 circumstances, a Southwest Michigan county is issuing an emergency declaration in an try and comprise the outbreak. 

On Thursday Berrien County declared an area state of emergency with the hope that transfer permits for extra entry to state and federal sources. 


“We’re working diligently to gradual the unfold of COVID-19 in Berrien County and this declaration will present extra help to assist guarantee we are able to meet the wants of our neighborhood,” stated well being officer Nicki Britten.

Finally reported Berrien County has 11 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 amongst county residents. The county well being division stated in an announcement that the emergency declaration will additional the efforts of the Berrien County Emergency Operations Middle to reply to the general public disaster. 

The operations heart is working in cooperation with the Berrien County Well being Division and Spectrum Well being Lakeland Hospital to detect, display screen, and monitor COVID-19 circumstances. 


Michigan presently reviews 2,295 confirmed circumstances of coronavirus in state residents. The vast majority of the confirmed circumstances are within the metro Detroit space, together with Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland Counties. 

Whereas Berrien County has far fewer circumstances, the county well being division and Berrien County Fee agreed that additional motion could be vital to arrange for an anticipated rise in circumstances. 

“We advisable this declaration so we are able to construct a help group behind us to maintain up with ordering and receiving deliveries of scarce tools, have the ability to convey volunteers on board after we want them, and start to construct a staff that’s targeted on financial and neighborhood restoration,” stated emergency administration coordinator Rockey Adams within the launched assertion. 


County well being officers say the declaration shouldn’t be a response to the variety of circumstances or a mirrored image of how the pandemic is affecting the neighborhood. The first purpose of the state of emergency declaration is to open up public well being sources to guard county residents.