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Chippewa County could have UP’s first coronavirus case

Chippewa County has announced what could be the first coronavirus case in the Upper Peninsula.

Sunday afternoon, the Chippewa County Health Department learned of “presumptive positive COVID-19” case involving an adult male with a medical history, according to a CCHD news release.

The man is hospitalized in isolation and no longer in Chippewa County, the CCHD stated.

“An investigation is underway to determine if additional people were in close contact with the individual,” the CCHD stated.

But the department stressed “the risk to the general public is minimal at this time.”

“People must strictly practice social distancing at this time,” Chippewa County Health Officer Karen Senkus said. “Coronavirus is likely in our community and not everyone who has it will be sick. That is why it is so important to distance yourself. If you are sick, isolate yourself at home whether you have been tested or not. Act as though you have it if you have symptoms that resemble COVID-19.”

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 wash their hands, stay home when sick, avoid close contact with sick people and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.

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