Second virus death reported in Florence County

Florence County has a second COVID-19-related death, while health officials reported Baraga County in the western Upper Peninsula has its first death attributed to the virus.

The Michigan COVID-19 data site Saturday also listed a second death in Iron County but that could not be confirmed through the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department.

The Florence County Health Department posted the new death Friday on Facebook but provided no other details, saying “we respect the confidentiality of the family during their bereavement and encourage others to do the same.”

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department stated on its Facebook “the elderly person was an inpatient at an Upper Peninsula hospital at the time of their death.”

The agency, which covers five counties — Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic, Keweenaw and Ontonagon — has seen numbers skyrocket in Houghton County, prompting the closing last week of all schools there.

Michigan’s COVID-19 data site Saturday showed 33 new positives in Houghton and Delta counties, giving Houghton County the most cases in the Upper Peninsula at 395. Other new cases across the U.P. included 18 in Iron County; nine in Marquette County; three in Dickinson, Menominee and Baraga counties; two in Schoolcraft County; and one each in Alger, Gogebic and Mackinac counties. The state no longer updates figures on Sunday.

Among Wisconsin counties in the region, that state’s data site listed 68 new positives in Marinette County, 19 new in Vilas County, 15 in Forest County and four each in Florence and Iron counties.

For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Saturday had Keweenaw County with eight confirmed cases and two probable; Luce County, 12 confirmed cases and one probable; Alger County, 17 confirmed and one probable; Baraga County, 20 confirmed cases and 10 probable; Schoolcraft County, 25 confirmed cases and two probable; Ontonagon County, 41 confirmed and one probable; Mackinac County, 42 confirmed cases and 17 probable; Chippewa County, 50 confirmed cases and 28 probable; Dickinson County, 128 confirmed cases, three probable and two deaths; Gogebic County, 147 confirmed cases, 13 probable and a death; Iron County, 159 confirmed cases, five probable and two deaths; Marquette County, 306 confirmed cases, 56 probable and 12 deaths; Menominee County, 325 confirmed cases, 50 probable and a death; Delta County, 367 confirmed cases, 47 probable and seven deaths; and Houghton County, 395 confirmed cases, 80 probable and one death. State numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Using only the state figures Saturday, the Upper Peninsula has had 2,042 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 26 deaths. The state did not yet list the death in Baraga County.

The MDHHS reported 901 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Saturday for a total of 121,427 to date. The state added 15 new deaths Saturday — including 11 that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — for a total of 6,723.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Sunday had Marinette County with 884 confirmed cases, 19 probable cases and eight deaths; Forest County, 272 confirmed, three probable and four deaths; Vilas County, 212 confirmed, seven probable and a death; Iron County, 142 confirmed, seven probable and one death; and Florence County, 91 confirmed and two deaths. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin recorded 2,817 new positives in the state Saturday — another new one-day record — and 2,217 Sunday for a total of 115,862, according to the state DHS data site. The state had seven new COVID-19 deaths Saturday and seven Sunday to reach 1,281.


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