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Dickinson County has first resident coronavirus case

KINGSFORD — Dickinson County has its first presumptive COVID-19 case in a person who lives in the county, according to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department.

THE DIDHD was notified Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that an adult male had tested positive for the coronavirus. Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain later confirmed the case.

Neither DIDHD nor DCHS would provide any other information on the case, such as the man’s age, where he was from in the county and how he might have contracted the virus.

The DIDHD stated in its news release that it is contacting those identified as having been in close contact with the man.

The agency also urged the community to adhere to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” and social distancing order put in place by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

While DCHS previously had reported two positive COVID-19 cases, both were from other counties: The first March 26 originated in Marinette County in Wisconsin, the second Tuesday was collected in Delta County.

Marinette County Public Health officials Tuesday announced a second confirmed case of COVID-19 but also gave no other details.

The Upper Peninsula as of Wednesday afternoon had 15 positive cases and one death from COVID-19, all reported since March 22. Dickinson, Chippewa, Mackinac, Houghton and Luce counties each have one case; Gogebic two, including the death of an elderly male with underlying health conditions March 26; Delta County, three cases; and Marquette County, five cases.

Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette has confirmed it has identified multiple patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. These patients were transferred to UPHS-Marquette from other facilities are now are in isolation.

The hospital said in a statement that it is working closely with other Upper Peninsula hospitals to provide support when needed.

The hospital reminds communities that is has moved to a zero-visitor protocol and have limited entry points to the hospital.

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