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COVID-19 cases in UP, Wisconsin continue surge up

Local health officials Thursday reported at least four new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted the four new cases on its Facebook page, though its total of 88 confirmed to have contracted the virus represented a jump of five compared with the figures given out Wednesday.

Across the Upper Peninsula, the state’s COVID-19 data site Thursday added 38 new positives among the region’s 15 counties: Nine in Delta and Houghton counties, seven in Menominee County, six in Dickinson County, five in Iron County, two in Marquette County and one in Keweenaw County; the state also reduced Luce County’s total by one to 12. The state had a new death for Marquette County as well.

On Facebook, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department listed 212 confirmed cases in Houghton County, with a “significant amount” tied to Michigan Technological University. The WUPHD also had one more apiece for Gogebic and Ontonagon counties, at 141 and 41 respectively, than the state’s figures.

According to Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties, Menominee County’s first virus-related death was a woman hospitalized Aug. 31 who died Tuesday at a Green Bay, Wis., facility.

Among Wisconsin counties in the region, that state’s COVID-19 data site Thursday had 15 new positives in Marinette County, 11 new in Forest County and one new case each in Florence and Vilas counties.

On Facebook, the Forest County Health Department stated Thursday it has seven new confirmed positives for 190 cases, six more than shown by the state. That county has seen COVID-19 numbers spike this month to lead Wisconsin in its virus “burden,” or the rate of cases when extrapolated out per 100,000 residents.

For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday had Keweenaw County with seven confirmed cases and one probable; Baraga County, eight confirmed cases and five probable; Luce County, 12 confirmed cases and one probable; Alger County, 16 confirmed and one probable; Schoolcraft County, 19 confirmed cases and one probable; Mackinac County, 37 confirmed cases and 16 probable; Ontonagon County, 40 confirmed and one probable; Chippewa County, 44 confirmed cases and 26 probable; Iron County, 55 confirmed cases, three probable and one death; Dickinson County, 86 confirmed cases, three probable and two deaths; Gogebic County, 140 confirmed cases, 12 probable and a death; Houghton County, 204 confirmed cases, 47 probable and one death; Delta County, 215 confirmed cases, 32 probable and five deaths; Marquette County, 248 confirmed cases, 49 probable and 12 deaths; and Menominee County, 254 confirmed cases, 33 probable and a death. 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 Thursday, the Upper Peninsula has had 1,387 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 23 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 829 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Thursday for a total of 114,692 to date. The state added nine new deaths Thursday — including five that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — for a total of 6,632.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Thursday had Marinette County with 695 confirmed cases, 18 probable cases and seven deaths; Forest County, 184 confirmed, two probable and four deaths; Vilas County, 155 confirmed, four probable and a death; Iron County, 136 confirmed, seven probable and one death; and Florence County, 52 confirmed. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin recorded 2,034 new positives in the state Thursday — a new one-day record for the state — for a total of 94,746, according to the state DHS data site. The state had three new COVID-19 deaths Thursday to reach 1,231.

According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Dickinson County as of Thursday has had 88 confirmed COVID-19 positives and two probable cases, with 59 recovered, two deaths and 29 cases still active. Iron County has had 54 confirmed positives and three probables, with 21 recovered, one death and 35 cases still active.

Dickinson County Healthcare System as of Wednesday showed 21 cases from Dickinson County and 57 cases from other counties; those counties are not identified. DCHS has tested 3,593 people for COVID-19, with 78 positive, 3,455 negative and 60 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

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