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COVID-19 cases on the rise in UP, northern Wisconsin

The numbers of new COVID-19 positives showed a significant rise throughout the region Friday, with double-digit additional cases from counties on both sides of the Michigan-Wisconsin border.

The largest increases for the day came in Menominee County in the Upper Peninsula and Marinette County in Wisconsin, which border each other; each had seven new positives, according to COVID-19 data sites in their states.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department also posted Friday afternoon on Facebook that both of its counties had a new case, bringing the DIDHD’s total for Dickinson County to 16 and Iron County to seven.

Elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula, the state reported two new cases each in Chippewa and Dickinson counties — it was unclear why the state’s tally for Dickinson did not match the local numbers — plus single new cases in Marquette, Houghton and Gogebic counties.

In Wisconsin, new cases for counties in the region include two in Forest County that previously had been reported by local health officials, plus one in Vilas County. Iron County in that state posted a 10th case Friday on its Facebook page.

In addition, Florence County confirmed its fourth case, which the state had reported earlier. The individual is younger than 18 and in isolation, according to the Florence County Health Department, which added that the case appears unrelated to the previous three positives and had no known business or establishment contacts.

“County health officials are investigating and assessing other individuals in close contact,” the health department stated in a news release.

For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ data site Friday listed Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties each with one confirmed virus case; Luce County with three confirmed cases; Alger County three confirmed cases and one probable; Baraga County with five confirmed cases; Iron County six confirmed cases and one death; Schoolcraft County with seven confirmed cases; Mackinac County nine confirmed cases; Gogebic County 11 confirmed cases, one probable and a death; Chippewa County 17 confirmed cases and one probable; Dickinson County 17 confirmed cases, one probable and two deaths; Houghton County 25 confirmed cases and two probable; Delta County 26 confirmed cases, four probable and three deaths; Menominee County 38 confirmed

cases and one probable; and Marquette County 85 confirmed cases, one probable and 11 deaths. State numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

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

Using strictly the state figures, the Upper Peninsula as of Friday has had 242 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 18 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 612 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Friday for a total of 68,295 to date. The state had 15 new deaths — all happened earlier but were recently verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — for 6,039 to date.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department on Friday listed Dickinson County with 16 positives so far, of which two had died, four recovered and 10 are active cases. Iron County has had seven cases, with one death, two recovered and four still active, according to the DIDHD.

Dickinson County Healthcare System as of Thursday showed four cases from Dickinson County and eight cases from other counties; those counties are not identified. DCHS has tested 1,528 people for COVID-19, with 12 positive, 1,361 negative and 153 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 Friday listed Marinette County with 82 cases and three deaths; Forest County 47 cases and three deaths; Vilas County 15 cases; Iron County nine cases and a death; and Florence County four cases. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports.

Wisconsin on Friday had 845 new cases — a new single-day record for the state — for a total of 34,753 to date. The state had five new COVID-19 deaths to reach 814, according to the DHS data site.

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