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Crystal Falls facility reports virus outbreak; Iron cases rise

Iron County had another dozen COVID-19 positives confirmed Tuesday, local health officials said.

The new cases bring Iron County’s total to 100, according to figures the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted Tuesday on Facebook. Monday, the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls reported, also on Facebook, it had identified 14 new COVID-19 positives during resident screening Friday.

“This outbreak, for the most part, is within the dementia unit, and all positive residents have been quarantined together,” facility officials wrote in the post.

On Tuesday, the facility reported one new resident and two new employee COVID cases.

The DIDHD on Tuesday also advised that Chung’s Bar and Grill at Crystal View Golf Course, 602 Wagner St. in Crystal Falls, may have been a potential coronavirus exposure site Sept. 16 and 17.

“Local residents visiting this location may be at a higher risk for exposure if larger crowds were present and masking and social distancing guidelines were not consistently followed,” the DIDHD stated in a news release.

The department recommends anyone who was at the business on those two days contact a medical provider if symptoms develop, which typically happens within two to 14 days of exposure.

“The establishment has been cooperative, has patron safety in mind, and should not be avoided due to this past potential exposure,” the DIDHD stated.

Across the Upper Peninsula, Michigan’s COVID-19 data site added 10 new virus cases in Delta County; seven in Dickinson County; six in Menominee County; five in Houghton County; three each in Iron, Marquette and Baraga counties; two in Gogebic County; and one each in Keweenaw and Chippewa counties. The state also listed a second death in Houghton County, but that could not be confirmed with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department.

Among Wisconsin counties in the region, that state’s COVID-19 data site had 18 new positives in Marinette County, 10 new in Forest County, two in Vilas County and one in Iron County, its first new case in a week. Forest County on Facebook recorded 10 more confirmed cases to reach 229.

For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday had Keweenaw County with seven confirmed cases and one probable; Luce County, 11 confirmed cases and one probable; Baraga County, 12 confirmed cases and six probable; Alger County, 16 confirmed and one probable; Schoolcraft County, 19 confirmed cases and two probable; Mackinac County, 38 confirmed cases and 16 probable; Ontonagon County, 41 confirmed and one probable; Chippewa County, 50 confirmed cases and 26 probable; Iron County, 91 confirmed cases, six probable and one death; Dickinson County, 112 confirmed cases, three probable and two deaths; Gogebic County, 144 confirmed cases, 12 probable and a death; Delta County, 254 confirmed cases, 43 probable and five deaths; Houghton County, 280 confirmed cases, 64 probable and two deaths; Marquette County, 282 confirmed cases, 51 probable and 12 deaths; and Menominee County, 289 confirmed cases, 39 probable and a death. State numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Using only the state figures Tuesday, the Upper Peninsula has had 1,646 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 24 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 6,680 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Tuesday for a total of 117,910 to date. The state added 15 new deaths Tuesday — including three that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — for a total of 6,680.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Tuesday had Marinette County with 768 confirmed cases, 20 probable cases and seven deaths; Forest County, 224 confirmed, two probable and four deaths; Vilas County, 174 confirmed, four probable and a death; Iron County, 137 confirmed, seven probable and one death; and Florence County, 69 confirmed and one death. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin recorded 1,672 new positives in the state Tuesday for a total of 104,170, according to the state DHS data site. The state had nine new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday to reach 1,251.

Dickinson County as of Tuesday has had 110 confirmed COVID-19 positives and three probable cases, with 60 recovered, two deaths and 51 cases still active. Iron County has had 100 confirmed positives and seven probables, with 22 recovered, one death and 84 cases still active, according to figures from the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department.

Testing at Dickinson County Healthcare System as of Tuesday showed 26 positives from Dickinson County and 81 cases from other counties; those counties are not identified. DCHS has tested 3,863 people for COVID-19, with 107 positive, 3,687 negative and 69 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

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