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Dickinson County man positive for COVID-19 dies

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s first resident COVID-19 case has become the Upper Peninsula’s second death connected with the virus.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department confirmed the man’s death Thursday evening but have provided no other details about the case out of respect for his family. A Dickinson County Healthcare System official indicated the man “had pre-existing medical issues that were compromised by COVID-19.”

The DCHS official added, “Every precautionary protocol was followed by DCH while caring for this patient. DCH is fully equipped to handle any new COVID-19 cases as they present themselves. We continue to reassure our community that it is safe to come to DCH for your and your family’s health care needs.”

The death comes only a day after the positive COVID-19 case was reported by both the DIDHD and DCHS.

The Upper Peninsula has 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday morning. Mackinac, Houghton and Dickinson each have one case, with the Dickinson man now a fatality; Chippewa and Luce counties have two cases, with one in each county being a prison inmate; Gogebic County has three cases and one death of an elderly man March 26; Delta County has four cases; and Marquette County has six, including employees at Norlite Nursing Center and Jacobetti Home for Veterans and a Marquette County Medical Care Facility resident.

DCHS also has reported three positive COVID-19 from other counties: The first March 26 originated in Marinette County in Wisconsin, the second Tuesday was collected in Delta County. No information was given on where the third case originated.

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

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