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Keweenaw, Alger in UP have first virus cases

Keweenaw and Alger counties now have their first COVID-19 positives, while several Upper Peninsula counties added new cases Tuesday.

The Keweenaw case was asymptomatic, found during preoperative testing at an area hospital, according to the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. Close contacts include recent visitors from downstate, the department stated in a news release.

Additionally, the agency Tuesday reported another asymptomatic positive for Houghton County that is under investigation.

The Alger County case was an adult identified who had contact with a confirmed case in another state and is now hospitalized outside the area, according to the LMAS District Health Department, which covers Luce, Mackinac, Alger and Schoolcraft counties.

State health officials also posted new cases in Marquette and Menominee counties, though it did not yet have the new positives for Keweenaw, Alger and Houghton counties.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services site Tuesday showed Baraga County with one confirmed virus case; Iron County two confirmed cases; Chippewa County two confirmed cases and one probable; Luce County three confirmed cases; Schoolcraft County four confirmed cases; Gogebic County six confirmed cases and a death; Dickinson County six confirmed cases and two deaths; Houghton County seven confirmed cases and one probable; Mackinac County eight confirmed cases; Menominee County nine confirmed cases; Delta County 17 confirmed cases, three probable and two deaths; and Marquette County 59 confirmed cases and 11 deaths.

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department indicated a new Gogebic County case was in error.

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

With the new cases, the Upper Peninsula as of Tuesday had 128 confirmed positives and 16 deaths.

The developments Tuesday also mean Ontonagon is the only county both in the Upper Peninsula and in Michigan not to have at least one positive coronavirus test.

The MDHHS statewide reported 108 confirmed new COVID-19 cases Tuesday for a total of 59,107 to date. The state had 25 new deaths for 5,698 to date.

Dickinson County Healthcare System on Tuesday 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 764 people for COVID-19, with eight positive, 704 negative and 52 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Tuesday listed Marinette County with 37 cases and three deaths; Forest County with 34 cases and two deaths; Vilas County with eight cases; Florence County with two cases; and Iron County with two cases and a death.

Statewide, Wisconsin on Tuesday had recorded 21,308 cases of COVID-19, with 661 deaths.

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