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Dickinson sees fourth virus death

Local health officials Friday reported a new coronavirus-related death in Dickinson County to reach four fatal COVID-19 cases.

The DIDHD on Friday added seven new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County and 16 in Iron County. As of Friday, the DIDHD showed 276 confirmed cases and 12 probables for Iron County, with 42 recovered, 10 deaths and 236 cases still active. Dickinson County had 235 confirmed cases and four probables, with 72 recovered, four deaths and 163 cases still active.

However, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’s COVID-19 data site Friday had 258 positives and five deaths in Dickinson County; the state had listed a fourth fatality for the county Thursday, when the DIDHD did not update its figures for the day. The reasons for the difference was unclear but state and local tallies have shown discrepancies in the past.

In Wisconsin, the Vilas County Health Department reported Friday on Facebook its second and third death due to COVID-19 complications. “The individuals were in their 90s. We extend our sympathies to their loved ones during their time of grieving,” the county’s health department posted, adding that 24 more residents have tested positive for the virus since Wednesday.

For the Upper Peninsula’s 15 counties, the MDHHS data site Friday had 89 new positives: 19 in Marquette County; 15 in Iron County; 12 in Menominee County; 11 in Delta County; nine in Mackinac County; six in Houghton and Alger counties; three in Luce County; two in Dickinson, Chippewa and Schoolcraft counties; and one in Gogebic and Baraga counties.

In total for the Upper Peninsula, the MDHHS on Friday had Keweenaw County with 12 confirmed cases and one probable; Luce County, 21 confirmed

cases and five probable; Alger County, 31 confirmed and 10 probable; Schoolcraft County, 38 confirmed cases and four probable; Baraga County, 43 confirmed cases, 10 probable and three deaths; Ontonagon County, 47 confirmed and three probable; Chippewa County, 57 confirmed cases and 32 probable; Mackinac County, 74 confirmed cases and 23 probable; Gogebic County, 170 confirmed cases, 16 probable and a death; Dickinson County, 258 confirmed cases, four probable and five deaths; Iron County, 278 confirmed cases, 11 probable and 10 deaths; Marquette County, 399 confirmed cases, 95 probable and 12 deaths; Menominee County, 456 confirmed cases, 69 probable and three deaths; Houghton County, 645 confirmed cases, 139 probable and four deaths; and Delta County, 701 confirmed cases, 95 probable and 13 deaths. State numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Using only the state figures posted Friday, the Upper Peninsula has had 3,228 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 51 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 1,095 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Friday for a total of 133,134 to date. The state added seven new deaths Friday for a total of 6,876.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Friday listed 25 new cases: 12 in Marinette County, nine in Vilas County, four in Forest County, one in Florence County and one taken away from Iron County.

The DHS on Friday had Marinette County with 1,203 confirmed cases, 60 probable cases and nine deaths; Forest County, 358 confirmed, six probable and seven deaths; Vilas County, 328 confirmed, 13 probable and a death; Iron County, 149 confirmed, eight probable and one death; and Florence County, 122 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; it did not yet reflect the two new deaths in Vilas County.

Wisconsin had 2,988 new positives in the state Friday for a total of 144,818, according to the state DHS data site. The state added 16 new COVID-19 deaths Friday to reach 1,440.

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