First death in Delta County due to virus

Dickinson County reports third case

Delta County has its first COVID-19-related death, health officials reported this morning.

Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties was notified an adult female who was hospitalized March 31 died this morning at Upper Peninsula Health Systems in Marquette.

“Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to the family who have lost their loved one,” said Michael Snyder, PHDM health officer. “This is a tragic reminder of how serious a threat COVID-19 is to our community as a whole.”

This would be the fifth death in the Upper Peninsula attributed to the coronavirus outbreak.

On Wednesday, Schoolcraft County listed its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

The Luce Mackinac Alger Schoolcraft District Health Department stated in a news release the case was identified through a private laboratory. LMAS released few details except to say the individual had “no history of recent domestic travel” and the risk to the public is considered to be low.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department revealed today that a third COVID-19 case has been confirmed in the county but provided no other details.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday afternoon reported 40 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Upper Peninsula, including four deaths; the numbers had not been updated this morning to add the Delta County death or the new Dickinson County case.

According to the MDHHS, Schoolcraft County joined Luce, Houghton and Chippewa counties in having a single case; Dickinson had two cases at the time, one a death; Mackinac and Gogebic County each have three cases, with a death in Gogebic; Delta County has eight cases; and Marquette County has 18 cases and two deaths.

The MDHHS also separately lists prison inmates as positive in Luce and Chippewa counties.

Iron, Menominee, Keweenaw, Baraga, Alger and Ontonagon counties have had no positive cases so far.

The MDHHS reported 1,376 new COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday, with a total of 20,346 to date. The state had 114 new deaths for a total of 959 to date.

Dickinson County Healthcare System had no new cases to report Wednesday. So far, it has one county resident test positive at its facilities — that man died late Thursday — along with three people from other counties. DCHS has tested 79 people for COVID-19, with four positive, 56 negative and 19 results still pending.

In Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site by county showed three positive cases in Marinette County and two positive in Florence County, both over this past weekend. Wisconsin’s Iron County reported a death from coronavirus complications March 26. Forest County has yet to have a positive case with 21 tests done so far.

The Daily Press in Escanaba contributed to this report.


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