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Two more virus positives in Iron County

Local health officials reported two more COVID-19 positives in Iron County on Thursday for seven new cases in a week’s time.

Iron County now has 39 confirmed cases of the virus, plus three probable cases, according to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department. Of those, 23 are still active, one died and 18 have recovered.

On the Wisconsin side of the region Thursday, two Crandon School District students have tested positive for COVID-19, at the high school and elementary school. The cases are not thought to be connected, according to a letter the district sent to parents and guardians that the Forest County Health Department posted on its Facebook page.

“We are actively working with the Forest County Health Department to quickly identify, notify and quarantine any students or staff who may have come into close contact with them and who may be at risk of getting sick. We are also cleaning and disinfecting the school to control the spread of illness,” the letter stated.

For now, the district does plan to remain open for in-person classes. “We will continue to sanitize and thoroughly clean the school as well as enforce social distancing with our staff and students,” the letter stated.

Forest County had six more positives confirmed Thursday, raising its total to 124.

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 data site Thursday listed three new positives in Florence and Forest counties — still five fewer than Forest County had posted — and one more in Iron County.

Across the Upper Peninsula, the state’s COVID-19 data site indicated six new positives in Houghton County, five in Delta County, four in Iron County, three in Marquette County, two in Luce County and one each in Menominee and Gogebic counties. Marquette County reclaims the top spot for virus cases among the U.P.’s 15 counties, at 235.

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department had 155 cases in Houghton County, three more than the state. Public Health of Delta-Menominee Counties shows 169 cases in Delta County, one more than state.

For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data site Thursday had Keweenaw County with four confirmed cases and two probable; Baraga County, six confirmed cases and three probable; Luce County, 10 confirmed cases and one probable; Schoolcraft County, 16 confirmed cases and one probable; Alger County, 16 confirmed and one probable; Mackinac County, 33 confirmed cases and 14 probable; Ontonagon County, 35 confirmed and one probable; Iron County, 40 confirmed cases, three probable and one death; Chippewa County, 44 confirmed cases and 21 probable; Dickinson County, 69 confirmed cases, one probable and two deaths; Gogebic County, 138 confirmed cases, 10 probable and a death; Houghton County, 152 confirmed cases, 31 probable and one death; Delta County, 168 confirmed cases, 29 probable and three deaths; Menominee County, 233 confirmed cases and 31 probable; and Marquette County, 235 confirmed cases, 42 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 Thursday, the Upper Peninsula has had 1,201 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 19 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 924 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Thursday for a total of 109,519 to date. The state added 17 new deaths Thursday — including nine that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — for a total of 6,569.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Thursday had Marinette County with 647 confirmed cases, 18 probable cases and seven deaths; Vilas County, 136 confirmed and three probable; Iron County, 132 confirmed, seven probable and one death; Forest County, 119 confirmed, two probable and four deaths; and Florence County, 34 confirmed. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin recorded 1,547 new positives in the state Thursday for a total of 84,881, according to the state DHS data site. The state had 10 new COVID-19 deaths Thursday to reach 1,193.

According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Dickinson County as of Thursday has had 71 confirmed COVID-19 positives and one probable case, with 59 recovered, two deaths and 11 cases still active. Iron County has had 39 confirmed positives and three probable, with 18 recovered, one death and 23 still active.

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