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Possible COVID-19 exposure site identified in IM

Local health officials Monday advised of a possible COVID-19 exposure at Solberg’s Greenleaf Sports Bar in Iron Mountain from Sept. 5 through Saturday.

Those who were at the restaurant at 1340 Carpenter Ave. during that period may be at higher risk for contracting if larger crowds were present and masking and social distancing guidelines were not consistently followed, according to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department.

DIDHD is recommending those who visited this business in the past week monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and contact their medical provider if they become symptomatic. Symptoms typically will appear within two to 14 days of the exposure. If symptoms worsen to the point of needing emergency care, call 911 and notify the dispatcher of any potential 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 in a news release.

As always, DIDHD continues to recommend adhering to all social distancing and hygienic practices needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a face mask, avoiding large gatherings and maintaining social distancing when around other people. Avoid sharing personal items such as utensils, water bottles and cell phones.

The DIDHD on Monday reported two new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County and three more in Iron County to reach 76 and 47 cases, respectively.

Across the Upper Peninsula, the state’s COVID-19 data site indicated 12 new positives in Delta County; nine in Houghton County; eight in Iron County; two each in Dickinson and Marquette counties; and one each in Menominee, Gogebic, Keweenaw and Luce counties.

On the Wisconsin side of the border, the Forest County Health Department posted Monday afternoon on Facebook that another 20 residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after adding 22 more cases Friday, to raise its total to 166.

The Wisconsin virus data site Monday showed four new positives in Forest County — the state figures had added 25 new cases over the weekend, but its total still is eight fewer than the county’s — plus three new in Vilas County and one each in Florence and Marinette counties. The state also lowered Iron County’s count by one.

Vilas County on Monday reported 148 cases on its Facebook page, three more than the state and nine more since Friday.

For the Upper Peninsula, the MDHHS on Monday had Keweenaw County with six confirmed cases and two probable; Baraga County, seven confirmed cases and five probable; Luce County, 11 confirmed cases; Schoolcraft County, 16 confirmed cases and one probable; Alger County, 16 confirmed and one probable; Mackinac County, 36 confirmed cases and 15 probable; Ontonagon County, 36 confirmed and one probable; Iron County, 49 confirmed cases, three probable and one death; Chippewa County, 44 confirmed cases and 23 probable; Dickinson County, 74 confirmed cases, one probable and two deaths; Gogebic County, 140 confirmed cases, 12 probable and a death; Houghton County, 178 confirmed cases, 40 probable and one death; Delta County, 192 confirmed cases, 31 probable and four deaths; Menominee County, 237 confirmed cases and 31 probable; and Marquette County, 241 confirmed cases, 48 probable and 11 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 Monday, the Upper Peninsula has had 1,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 20 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 1,088 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan since Saturday for a total of 112,612 to date. The state added 10 new deaths since Saturday for a total of 6,601.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Monday had Marinette County with 670 confirmed cases, 18 probable cases and seven deaths; Forest County, 158 confirmed, two probable and four deaths; Vilas County, 145 confirmed, three probable and a death; Iron County, 136 confirmed, seven probable and one death; and Florence County, 45 confirmed. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin recorded 771 new positives in the state Monday for a total of 89,956, according to the state DHS data site. The state had no new COVID-19 deaths Monday to remain at 1,210.

According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Dickinson County as of Monday has had 76 confirmed COVID-19 positives and two probable cases, with 59 recovered, two deaths and 17 cases still active. Iron County has had 47 confirmed positives and three probables, with 21 recovered, one death and 28 still active.

Dickinson County Healthcare System as of Monday showed 20 cases from Dickinson County and 53 cases from other counties; those counties are not identified. DCHS has tested 3,511 people for COVID-19, with 73 positive, 3,388 negative and 50 results still pending. DCHS noted there are several additional sources of testing in Dickinson County.

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