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Virus toll: Dickinson up 95; six new Iron deaths

Local health officials Monday afternoon reported 95 new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County, while Iron County has another six deaths blamed on complications from the virus.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department on Monday showed 330 confirmed cases and five probables in Dickinson County, with 81 recovered, four deaths and 250 cases still active. For Iron County, the agency had 287 confirmed cases and 13 probables, with 56 recovered, 16 deaths and 228 cases still active.

The DIDHD did not provide further information on the deaths — as has been its practice in deference to families — or any details behind Dickinson County’s spike in positives.

The state’s COVID-19 data site as of Sunday listed a total of 57 confirmed positives and 11 deaths among residents at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls, plus 39 virus cases among staff. The Iron River Care Center has had 15 residents so far test positive, along with seven staff members.

In Dickinson County, the state data site had a total of 21 cases and one death so far among residents, plus six staff positives, at ManorCare Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford; and a total of three residents and four staff testing positive so far at Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford. Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Menominee County has had two positives, both among staff.

Among area hospitals, the MDHHS data site Monday listed Dickinson County Memorial Hospital with eight COVID-19 patients, one in intensive care; Aspirus with five patients, none in ICU; and UP Health System in Marquette with 15 patients, seven in ICU.

Since Friday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 data site recorded 234 new positives in the Upper Peninsula’s 15 counties: 69 in Dickinson County, 43 in Marquette County, 29 in Delta County, 24 in Houghton County, 22 in Menominee County, 10 in Mackinac County, nine in Iron County, eight in Gogebic County, seven each in Alger and Ontonagon counties, three in Baraga County, two in Schoolcraft and one in Keweenaw County.

The state also added a new virus-related death this weekend in Delta and Houghton counties, but did not yet have the additional fatalities in Iron County. It took away a fifth death in Dickinson County.

In total for the Upper Peninsula, the MDHHS on Monday had Keweenaw County with 13 confirmed cases and one probable; Luce County, 21 confirmed cases and six probable; Alger County, 38 confirmed and 11 probable; Schoolcraft County, 40 confirmed cases and four probable; Baraga County, 46 confirmed cases, 10 probable and three deaths; Ontonagon County, 54 confirmed and three probable; Chippewa County, 57 confirmed cases and 33 probable; Mackinac County, 84 confirmed cases and 23 probable; Gogebic County, 178 confirmed cases, 18 probable and a death; Iron County, 287 confirmed cases, 13 probable and 10 deaths; Dickinson County, 327 confirmed cases, five probable and four deaths; Marquette County, 442 confirmed cases, 97 probable and 12 deaths; Menominee County, 478 confirmed cases, 71 probable and three deaths; Houghton County, 669 confirmed cases, 140 probable and five deaths; and Delta County, 730 confirmed cases, 102 probable and 14 deaths. State numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Using only the state figures posted Monday, the Upper Peninsula has had 3,464 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 52 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 1,522 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Saturday and 1,809 Monday for a total of 136,465 to date. The state added 15 new deaths Saturday — including 10 that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — and seven new deaths Monday for a total of 6,898.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site since Friday showed 83 confirmed new cases in Marinette County, 15 in Florence and Vilas counties, 13 in Forest County and four in Iron County, plus new deaths in Florence, Forest and Vilas counties.

Forest County posted on Facebook it had 18 new cases Monday for 376, along with two new deaths for a total of nine.

The DHS on Monday had Marinette County with 1,286 confirmed cases, 64 probable cases and nine deaths; Forest County, 371 confirmed, six probable and eight deaths; Vilas County, 343 confirmed, 16 probable and two deaths; Iron County, 153 confirmed, nine probable and one death; and Florence County, 137 confirmed and three 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 2,742 new positives in the state Saturday, 2,676 Sunday and 1,956 Monday for a total of 152,192, according to the state DHS data site. The state added 18 new COVID-19 deaths Saturday, seven Sunday and nine Monday to reach 1,474.

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