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Three new COVID-19 cases reported in UP

State health officials Thursday recorded another COVID-19 case for Houghton County and two more in Mackinac County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Across the U.P., the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 data site Thursday showed Baraga County with one virus case; Chippewa County with two cases; Luce County with three; Schoolcraft County with four cases; Houghton County with five cases; Gogebic County with five cases and a death; Dickinson County with five cases and two deaths; Mackinac and Menominee counties with eight cases; Delta County with 17 cases and two deaths; and Marquette County with 54 cases and 10 deaths.

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

The U.P. as of Thursday afternoon had 114 positive cases, including 15 deaths, according to state figures.

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 406 confirmed new COVID-19 cases Thursday for a total of 56,014 to date. The state had 38 new deaths — which included 17 deaths that happened earlier but were confirmed through vital records and testing — for 5,372 to date.

Dickinson County Healthcare System on Thursday 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 559 people for COVID-19, with eight positive, 523 negative and 28 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department on Wednesday posted it continued to have five positive cases, with two deaths, one recovered and two “still active.” The DIDHD usually lists total numbers tested in both counties but did not Wednesday. New figures were due to be posted this morning.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, state health officials added two more COVID-19 cases in Forest County — both previously had been reported by the county’s health department on its social media pages — and one additional in Marinette County.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 site listed Marinette County with 33 cases, including two deaths; Forest County with 26 cases — one fewer than the county’s tally — and one death; Vilas County with six cases; Florence County with two cases; and Iron County with two cases and a death.

Statewide, Wisconsin had recorded 16,974 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday afternoon, with 550 deaths.

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