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First COVID-19 death reported in Iron County

Iron County has its first COVID-19 death, local health officials announced Saturday.

In a news release, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department stated it had been notified of the death but would not disclose additional information about the case.

“The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department would like to send its deepest sympathy to the family in these trying times,” officials said.

As of Saturday, Iron County had reported five active cases.

The DIDHD also listed six cases for Dickinson County, with two deaths, three recoveries and one active case.

The health department urged the community to continue to be cooperative with recommendations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. People should wash their hands, stay home when sick, avoid close contact with sick people and disinfect commonly touched surfaces. People also are encouraged to social distance when possible or wear a face mask.

Elsewhere in the region Saturday, state health officials reported new cases in Menominee and Gogebic counties in the Upper Peninsula, while Wisconsin’s Iron County had two new positives.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ data site Saturday showed Keweenaw County with one confirmed virus case; Alger and Chippewa counties with two confirmed cases and one probable; Luce County three confirmed cases; Baraga and Schoolcraft counties four confirmed cases; Iron County five confirmed cases and one death; Dickinson County six confirmed cases, one probable and two deaths; Gogebic County seven confirmed cases and a death; Mackinac County eight confirmed cases; Houghton County 11 confirmed cases; Menominee County 14 confirmed cases and one probable; Delta County 18 confirmed cases, three probable and three deaths; and Marquette County 64 confirmed cases and 11 deaths.

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

Using state figures, the Upper Peninsula as of Saturday had 151 confirmed positives and 18 deaths. Ontonagon remains the only county in the Upper Peninsula and in Michigan not to have at least one positive coronavirus test.

The MDHHS reported 314 confirmed new COVID-19 cases statewide Saturday for a total of 63,009 to date. The state had 19 new deaths for 5,907 to date.

Dickinson County Healthcare System on Friday showed three cases from Dickinson County and eight cases from other counties; those counties are not identified. DCHS has tested 1,104 people for COVID-19, with 11 positive, 1,071 negative and 22 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

For the Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Saturday listed Marinette County with 50 cases and three deaths; Forest County 38 cases and three deaths; Vilas County 10 cases; Florence County three cases; and Iron County five cases and a death. As with Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports.

Wisconsin on Saturday had 539 new cases to reach 27,286. The state had 11 new deaths for 777, according to the DHS data site.

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