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Marinette County COVID cases climb

The number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin’s Marinette County continues to steadily creep upwards, while Michigan’s Upper Peninsula gained only one new positive Friday, in Luce County.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 data site Friday showed Baraga County with one virus case; Houghton and Chippewa counties with two cases; Luce County with three; Schoolcraft County with four cases; Gogebic County with five cases and a death; Dickinson County with five cases and two deaths; Mackinac County with six cases; Menominee County with eight cases; Delta County with 17 cases and two deaths; and Marquette County with 52 cases and 10 deaths.

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

In total, the state as of Friday afternoon had recorded 107 cases in the Upper Peninsula, including 15 deaths.

Iron, Keweenaw, Alger and Ontonagon counties have yet to report a COVID-19 case in the Upper Peninsula and are the only counties in Michigan not to have at least one positive coronavirus test.

The MDHHS statewide reported 403 confirmed new COVID-19 cases Friday for a total of 53,913 to date. The state had 29 new deaths for 5,158 to date.

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Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 site Friday listed Marinette County with 30 cases and two deaths; Forest County with 11 cases; Vilas County with six cases; Florence County with two cases; and Iron County, two cases and a death.

The Marinette County Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the 30 positive cases among 1,759 tested so far in the county, with 1,652 negative and 77 results still pending.

Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Thursday also posted notice of another employee testing positive at its shipbuilding facility in Marinette, Wis., its sixth new case in the past seven days. The latest cases last worked May 14 and brings Marinette Marine’s total to 13 since April 23.

Statewide, Wisconsin had recorded 14,396 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon, with 496 deaths.

Dickinson County Healthcare System on Friday continued to show only three county residents testing positive at its facilities, with two deaths, along with five positives from other counties; those counties were not identified. DCHS had tested 480 people for COVID-19, with eight positive, 424 negative and 48 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department on Friday had five positive cases, 545 negative tests and 34 tests pending among 584 done so far in Dickinson County; Iron County has no positives, 419 negative tests and 11 pending among 430 administered, according to the DIDHD’s Facebook page.

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