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Florence reports another potential COVID exposure site

Amanda Hawkins talks to an individual on the phone as she does contact tracing for COVID-19 at the Florence County Health Department. Contact tracing plays a crucial role in reducing the spread of disease through quarantine and isolation of positive cases and those in close contact with positive cases, according to the department. (Florence County Health Department photo)

The Florence County Health Department advised Tuesday that more than two COVID-19 positives had been at the Roadhouse 139 in Long Lake, Wis., while contagious and asymptomatic from Aug. 24 through Aug. 26.

“If you think you were exposed at the establishment during this time, stay home and call your health care provider for further direction if you have symptoms. The establishment has been contacted by the health department and continue to be cooperative and follow safety guidelines,” county health officials posted on Facebook.

The business at 3322 State Highway 139 also announced on Facebook it has closed until Sept. 16 to “be allowing our employees proper time to quarantine from potential exposure and be ensuring the safety of our business to re-open.”

Florence County as of Tuesday has recorded 31 cases of COVID-19, the lowest number among the five Wisconsin counties in the region. Among those other Wisconsin counties, the state data site Tuesday showed seven new positives in Vilas County and two more in Marinette County.

On Facebook, the Forest County Health Department confirmed eight more positives Tuesday, with one hospitalized, for a total of 112; Vilas County posted it has had a dozen more cases since Friday for 138.

The Upper Peninsula, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 data site, as of Tuesday had two positives in Marquette County and one each in Dickinson, Delta and Houghton counties.

On Facebook, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department reported two more Dickinson County cases above the state’s numbers for 71 total, but had one fewer case in Iron County at 35. Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties also listed one more case for both of its counties than the state’s tally on its website.

For the Upper Peninsula, the MDHHS data site Tuesday had Keweenaw County with four confirmed cases; Baraga County, six confirmed cases and two probable; Luce County, eight confirmed cases and one probable; Schoolcraft County, 15 confirmed cases and one probable; Alger County, 16 confirmed and one probable; Mackinac County, 33 confirmed cases and 11 probable; Ontonagon County, 35 confirmed and one probable; Iron County, 36 confirmed cases, two probable and one death; Chippewa County, 44 confirmed cases and 21 probable; Dickinson County, 69 confirmed cases, one probable and two deaths; Gogebic County, 137 confirmed cases, 10 probable and a death; Houghton County, 138 confirmed cases, 27 probable and one death; Delta County, 158 confirmed cases, 29 probable and three deaths; Marquette County, 227 confirmed cases, 41 probable and 11 deaths; and Menominee County, 230 confirmed cases and 31 probable. State numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also earlier separately had prison inmates who were positive in Luce and Chippewa counties.

Using only the state figures Tuesday, the Upper Peninsula has had 1,158 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 19 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 441 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Tuesday for a total of 107,812 to date. The state added one new death Tuesday for a total of 6,539.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Tuesday had Marinette County with 643 confirmed cases, 18 probable cases and seven deaths; Iron County, 131 confirmed, seven probable and one death; Vilas County, 128 confirmed and three probable; Forest County, 107 confirmed, two probable and four deaths; and Florence County, 31 confirmed. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin recorded 717 new positives in the state Tuesday for a total of 82,477, according to the state DHS data site. The state had no new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday for a third straight day to remain at 1,168.

According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Dickinson County as of Tuesday has had 71 confirmed COVID-19 positives and one probable case, with 58 recovered, two deaths and 12 cases still active. Iron County has had 35 confirmed positives and two probable, with 18 recovered, one death and 18 still active.

Dickinson County Healthcare System as of Tuesday showed 19 cases from Dickinson County and 44 cases from other counties; those counties are not identified. DCHS has tested 3,325 people for COVID-19, with 63 positive, 3,228 negative and 34 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

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