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Virus cases climb in Marquette County

NMU?testing reveals 5 new positives

State health officials Tuesday listed a dozen new COVID-19 positives in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula, while Wisconsin’s data site showed a jump of 21 virus cases in Marinette County, along with a new death.

The new positives in Marquette County come as students are set to resume in-person classes next week at the Northern Michigan University campus. The Mining Journal in Marquette reported Tuesday that testing at NMU already had revealed five new positives.

As of Sunday, the university had conducted 3,800 tests and received 900 results, five of which were positive. None of the people with positive tests live on campus.

No further information was provided on the rise in Marinette County cases or the additional death.

Locally, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted a new COVID-19 positive on its Facebook page to reach 58 cases, but also moved seven people into being considered recovered from the virus.

Elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula, the state’s COVID-19 data site had four more positives in Menominee County, three in Dickinson County that the county already had reported Monday, two each in Gogebic and Ontonagon counties, and one each in Chippewa and Delta counties.

In the Wisconsin portion of the region, along with the 21 new positives in Marinette County, five cases were added in Vilas County and one more in Iron and Forest counties, which the latter county had reported on its Facebook page Monday.

Vilas County on Tuesday showed 64 cases, four more than the state’s tally.

For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data site Tuesday had Keweenaw County with two confirmed cases and one probable; Luce County with three confirmed cases; Baraga County, five confirmed cases; Alger County, 10 confirmed and two probable; Schoolcraft County, 12 confirmed cases and one probable; Ontonagon County, 15 confirmed and one probable; Mackinac County, 20 confirmed cases and six probable; Iron County, 20 confirmed cases and one death; Chippewa County, 29 confirmed cases and 13 probable; Houghton County, 43 confirmed cases and seven probable; Dickinson County, 57 confirmed cases, one probable and two deaths; Delta County, 77

confirmed cases, 24 probable and three deaths; Gogebic County, 116 confirmed cases, nine probable and a death; Menominee County, 130 confirmed cases and 17 probable; and Marquette County, 158 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 as positive in Luce and Chippewa counties.

Using strictly state figures Tuesday, the Upper Peninsula has had 699 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 18 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 796 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Tuesday for a total of 88,756 to date. The state added seven new deaths Tuesday — including two that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — for a total of 6,264.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Tuesday listed Marinette County with 432 cases and four deaths; Iron County 76 cases and one death; Forest County 60 cases and four deaths; Vilas County 60 cases; and Florence County eight cases. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin recorded 724 new cases Tuesday for a total of 61,785 to date, according to the state DHS data site. The state had eight new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday to reach 1,006 to date.

According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Dickinson County as of Tuesday had 58 confirmed COVID-19 positives, with 20 recovered, two deaths and 36 cases still active. Iron County has 20 positives, with seven recovered, one death and 12 still active.

Dickinson County Healthcare System as of Tuesday showed 17 cases from Dickinson County and 14 cases from other counties; those counties are not identified. DCHS has tested 2,629 people for COVID-19, with 31 positive, 2,528 negative and 70 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

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