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Florence County virus total continues to creep up

Florence County on Thursday indicated another three new COVID-19 positives to reach 13 cases, while Wisconsin health officials added 17 more positives to Marinette County’s tally.

The three new cases posted by the Florence County Health Department on its web page means Florence County’s total has risen by five in the past week.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Thursday also reported another COVID-19 death in Marinette County, the second this week. As before, neither the state nor the Marinette County Health Department had any further information on the additional cases or deaths.

Across the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data site Thursday showed six new cases in Marquette County, five in Gogebic County, four in Dickinson and Menominee counties, two in Ontonagon County, and one each in Delta and Houghton counties. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department also posted on its Facebook page one new case in Dickinson County, to 35, while Iron County had one new recovery.

In the Wisconsin part of the region, the Wisconsin data site had the two new cases that Florence County had previously reported but not the three added Thursday afternoon, plus one in Vilas County.

For the Upper Peninsula, the MDHSS data site Thursday had Keweenaw County with two confirmed cases and one probable; Luce County with four confirmed cases; Baraga County, five confirmed cases; Schoolcraft County, 12 confirmed cases and one probable; Alger County, 14 confirmed and one probable; Ontonagon County, 17 confirmed and three probable; Mackinac County, 20 confirmed cases and six probable; Iron County, 20 confirmed cases and one death; Chippewa County, 31 confirmed cases and 13 probable; Houghton County, 44 confirmed cases and seven probable; Dickinson County, 61 confirmed cases, one probable and two deaths; Delta County, 83 confirmed cases, 23 probable and three deaths; Gogebic County, 122 confirmed cases, eight probable and a death; Menominee County, 136 confirmed cases and 17 probable; and Marquette County, 164 confirmed cases, 15 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 who were positive in Luce and Chippewa counties.

Using strictly state figures Thursday, the Upper Peninsula has had 737 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 18 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 1,121 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Thursday for a total of 90,392 to date. The state added 16 new deaths Thursday — including nine that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — for a total of 6,289.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state DHS’ COVID-19 data site Thursday listed Marinette County with 449 cases and five deaths; Iron County 76 cases and one death; Forest County 60 cases and four deaths; Vilas County 66 cases; and Florence County 10 cases. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies. Vilas County, for example, still lists 75 positives, nine more than the state figures.

Wisconsin recorded 943 new cases Thursday for a total of 63,206 to date, according to the state DHS data site. The state had seven new COVID-19 deaths Thursday to reach 1,018 to date.

According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Dickinson County as of Thursday has had 59 confirmed COVID-19 positives, with 22 recovered, two deaths and 35 cases still active. Iron County has had 20 positives, with nine recovered, one death and 10 still active.

Dickinson County Healthcare System as of Wednesday showed 17 cases from Dickinson County and 14 cases from other counties; those counties are not identified. DCHS has tested 2,671 people for COVID-19, with 31 positive, 2,563 negative and 77 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

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