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Officials raise flag over spike in virus cases

Local health officials Friday warned about the recent spike in COVID-19 positives in Dickinson and Iron counties.

Since the start of September, Dickinson County’s count has risen by 27 confirmed cases and Iron County by 30, according to figures posted over the month on the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department’s Facebook page.

Friday, the DIDHD added seven new cases in Iron County and five in Dickinson County. Dickinson County as of Friday has had 93 confirmed COVID-19 positives and two probable cases, with 59 recovered, two deaths and 34 cases still active. Iron County has had 62 confirmed positives and two probables, with 21 recovered, one death and 42 cases still active.

“With the increase in cases, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department staff have been working diligently to identify close contacts of all individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19,” the DIDHD stated in a news release Friday, adding that anyone contacted by the department needs to answer or call back as soon as possible.

“We are well trained in asking questions in a manner to get the most information we possibly can. We are asking about workplaces, locations that are visited, social gatherings, and travel. We are asking where they’ve been and the nature of visits and interactions,” said Ruth Manier, DIDHD community health services director.

Across the Upper Peninsula, the state’s COVID-19 data site Friday listed 23 new cases in Houghton County; 10 in Marquette County; seven in Luce County; six in Chippewa County; four in Dickinson and Menominee counties; three in Iron County; two in Delta County; and one in Gogebic, Mackinac and Ontonagon counties. The state reduced Keweenaw County’s count by one.

On its website, Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties had 261 cases in Menominee County and 219 in Delta County, three and two more, respectively, than the state.

Among Wisconsin counties in the region, that state’s COVID-19 data site Friday had 12 new positives in Marinette County, 11 in Forest County, two in Vilas County and one in Florence County. On Facebook, the Forest County Health Department reported 13 more positives for a total of 203.

For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Friday had Keweenaw County with six confirmed cases and one probable; Baraga County, eight confirmed cases and five probable; Alger County, 16 confirmed and one probable; Luce County, 19 confirmed cases 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 25 probable; Iron County, 58 confirmed cases, two probable and one death; Dickinson County, 90 confirmed cases, three probable and two deaths; Gogebic County, 141 confirmed cases, 12 probable and a death; Delta County, 217 confirmed cases, 35 probable and five deaths; Houghton County, 227 confirmed cases, 55 probable and one death; Menominee County, 258 confirmed cases, 36 probable and a death; and Marquette County, 258 confirmed cases, 49 probable and 12 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 Friday, the Upper Peninsula has had 1,448 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 23 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 695 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Friday for a total of 115,387 to date. The state added six new deaths Friday for a total of 6,638.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Friday had Marinette County with 707 confirmed cases, 19 probable cases and seven deaths; Forest County, 195 confirmed, two probable and four deaths; Vilas County, 157 confirmed, four probable and a death; Iron County, 136 confirmed, seven probable and one death; and Florence County, 53 confirmed. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin recorded 2,533 new positives in the state Friday — a second straight day of setting a one-day record for the state — for a total of 97,279, according to the state DHS data site. The state had seven new COVID-19 deaths Friday to reach 1,238.

Dickinson County Healthcare System as of Friday showed 22 cases from Dickinson County and 61 cases from other counties; those counties are not identified. DCHS has tested 3,711 people for COVID-19, with 83 positive, 3,506 negative and 122 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

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