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New virus cases in Iron, Dickinson counties

Local public health staff Wednesday added five new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County and six more in Iron County, while Menominee County reported its first coronavirus-related death.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department’s totals of 83 confirmed cases in Dickinson County and 54 cases in Iron County are three and four more, respectively, than the Michigan COVID-19 data site showed Wednesday.

On its website Wednesday, health officials for Delta and Menominee counties listed 208 and 250 positives, respectively, and confirmed that each county had a new death. No further information was provided on those deaths.

Across the Upper Peninsula, the state’s COVID-19 data site Wednesday had 12 new positives in Houghton County; eight in Delta County; six in Menominee County; four in Dickinson County; three in Marquette County; two in Ontonagon and Luce counties; and one each in Iron, Baraga, Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties.

The numbers in Wisconsin’s Forest County continued to climb, with the Forest County Health Department posting on Facebook it recorded 12 new positives to reach 183 cases, 10 more than the state shows; all are isolating at home. Also on Facebook, Vilas County reported 10 new cases since Monday to reach 158, four more than the state’s number.

In addition, the Forest County Health Department advised that a recent coronavirus positive had worked at Mainstreet Ed’s in Argonne this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“If you think you were exposed, stay home and quarantine for 14 days and call your health care provider to request getting tested,” the health department stated. “Mainstreet Ed’s is aware and is working with the health department.”

Among Wisconsin counties in the region, that state’s COVID-19 data site Wednesday showed seven new positives in Marinette County, six in Forest and Vilas counties and two in Florence County.

For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday had Keweenaw County with six confirmed cases and two probable; Baraga County, eight confirmed cases and five probable; Luce County, 13 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 15 probable; Ontonagon County, 40 confirmed and one probable; Chippewa County, 44 confirmed cases and 24 probable; Iron County, 50 confirmed cases, three probable and one death; Dickinson County, 80 confirmed cases, three probable and two deaths; Gogebic County, 140 confirmed cases, 12 probable and a death; Houghton County, 195 confirmed cases, 42 probable and one death; Delta County, 206 confirmed cases, 33 probable and five deaths; Marquette County, 246 confirmed cases, 50 probable and 11 deaths; and Menominee County, 247 confirmed cases, 31 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 Wednesday, the Upper Peninsula has had 1,349 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 22 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 680 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Wednesday for a total of 113,863 to date. The state added 11 new deaths Wednesday for a total of 6,623.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Wednesday had Marinette County with 680 confirmed cases, 18 probable cases and seven deaths; Forest County, 173 confirmed, two probable and four deaths; Vilas County, 154 confirmed, four probable and a death; Iron County, 136 confirmed, seven probable and one death; and Florence County, 51 confirmed. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin recorded 1,408 new positives in the state Wednesday for a total of 92,712, according to the state DHS data site. The state had eight new COVID-19 deaths Wednesday to reach 1,228.

According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Dickinson County as of Wednesday has had 83 confirmed COVID-19 positives and three probable cases, with 59 recovered, two deaths and 25 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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