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Florence County has two more virus deaths

Florence County has seen two more deaths due to complications from COVID-19, according to health officials.

The county’s health department posted Wednesday on Facebook it had reached six deaths but provided no other details, stating, “We respect the confidentiality of the family during their bereavement and encourage others to do the same.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Florence County has had 186 COVID-19 positives, with 77 active cases, 103 recovered, six deaths and 1,091 negative tests.

Locally, 15 new positives were reported Wednesday afternoon in Dickinson County but only two new cases in Iron County.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted on Facebook that Dickinson County now has 519 confirmed cases and 19 probables, with 126 recovered, eight deaths and 404 cases still active. For Iron County, the department had 355 confirmed cases and 35 probables, with 122 recovered, 19 deaths and 249 cases still active.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 data site Wednesday listed 78 new positives across the Upper Peninsula: 30 in Delta County; 16 in Houghton County; 11 in Menominee County; six in Dickinson and Gogebic counties; four in Iron County; three in Mackinac County; two in Alger, Luce and Schoolcraft counties; and one in Ontonagon County. Marquette County’s total was reduced by five.

In total for the Upper Peninsula, the MDHHS on Wednesday had Keweenaw County with 17 confirmed cases and one probable; Luce County, 34 confirmed cases and 11 probable; Schoolcraft County, 53 confirmed cases and three probable; Baraga County, 62 confirmed cases, 13 probable and four deaths; Chippewa County, 66 confirmed cases and 47 probable; Ontonagon County, 69 confirmed and five probable; Alger County, 77 confirmed, 24 probable and one death; Mackinac County, 117 confirmed cases and 29 probable; Gogebic County, 224 confirmed cases and 91 probable, one confirmed death and one probable death; Iron County, 353 confirmed cases and 33 probable, 20 confirmed deaths and one probable; Dickinson County, 493 confirmed cases and 11 probable, 12 confirmed deaths and one probable; Menominee County, 559 confirmed cases, 75 probable and three deaths; Marquette County, 725 confirmed cases, 137 probable and 12 deaths; Houghton County, 726 confirmed cases, 149 probable and seven deaths; and Delta County, 916 confirmed cases and 135 probable, 19 confirmed deaths and one probable. State numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Using only the state figures Wednesday, the Upper Peninsula has had at least 4,491 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date and 79 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 1,597 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Wednesday for a total of 150,989 to date. The state added 33 new deaths on Wednesday for a total of 7,086.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state’s COVID-19 data site had 24 new positives in Marinette County, 14 in Florence County, 12 in Forest County and 11 in Vilas County. The state figures also reflected the two new deaths in Florence County, plus a new death in Vilas County; that county’s health department posted on Facebook later in the day that it has reached six deaths — two more than the state’s tally — since Monday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday had Marinette County with 1,502 confirmed cases, 97 probable cases and 11 deaths; Vilas County, 459 confirmed, 19 probable and four deaths; Forest County, 413 confirmed, 15 probable and 10 deaths; Iron County, 170 confirmed, 20 probable and one death; and Florence County, 186 confirmed, four probable and six deaths. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin had 4,205 new positives Wednesday — the DHS noted data still is being caught up after the computer system was shut down for maintenance over the weekend — for a total of 182,687. The state added 48 new COVID-19 deaths Wednesday to reach 1,681.

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