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COVID-19 cases climb in region’s Wisconsin counties

Wisconsin counties in the region are seeing a surge in recent coronavirus activity, according to that state’s COVID-19 data site Sunday.

Over the weekend, the state Department of Health Services listed 25 new cases in Forest County, 14 in Marinette County, eight in Florence County, six in Vilas County, and four each in Vilas and Iron counties.

None of those counties updated their figures Saturday or Sunday, so the state’s numbers could not be verified. But the Forest County Health Department did report Friday on Facebook that 22 new cases had been confirmed, bringing it to 146.

In the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data site Saturday showed six new positives in Delta and Houghton counties, two in Menominee County and one each in Marquette and Keweenaw counties. It also decreased Chippewa County’s count by one. The state no longer updates figures on Sundays.

For the Upper Peninsula, the MDHHS on Saturday had Keweenaw County with five confirmed cases and two probable; Baraga County, seven confirmed cases and three probable; Luce County, 10 confirmed cases; Schoolcraft County, 16 confirmed cases and one probable; Alger County, 16 confirmed and one probable; Mackinac County, 36 confirmed cases and 15 probable; Ontonagon County, 36 confirmed and one probable; Iron County, 41 confirmed cases, three probable and one death; Chippewa County, 44 confirmed cases and 22 probable; Dickinson County, 72 confirmed cases, one probable and two deaths; Gogebic County, 139 confirmed cases, 10 probable and a death; Houghton County, 169 confirmed cases, 41 probable and one death; Delta County, 180 confirmed cases, 31 probable and four deaths; Menominee County, 236 confirmed cases and 31 probable; and Marquette County, 239 confirmed cases, 45 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 only the state figures Saturday, the Upper Peninsula has had 1,248 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 20 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 692 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Saturday for a total of 111,524 to date. The state added 13 new deaths Saturday for a total of 6,591.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Sunday had Marinette County with 669 confirmed cases, 18 probable cases and seven deaths; Forest County, 154 confirmed, two probable and four deaths; Vilas County, 142 confirmed, three probable and a death; Iron County, 136 confirmed, seven probable and one death; and Florence County, 45 confirmed. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin recorded 1,353 new positives in the state Saturday and 1,582 Sunday for a total of 89,185, according to the state DHS data site. The state had 12 new COVID-19 deaths Saturday but only one Sunday to reach 1,210.

According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Dickinson County as of Friday has had 74 confirmed COVID-19 positives and one probable case, with 59 recovered, two deaths and 14 cases still active. Iron County has had 44 confirmed positives and three probables, with 20 recovered, one death and 26 still active.

Dickinson County Healthcare System as of Friday showed 19 cases from Dickinson County and 45 cases from other counties; those counties are not identified. DCHS has tested 3,424 people for COVID-19, with 64 positive, 3,290 negative and 70 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

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