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COVID also surging in region; state lists 358 new cases in UP

Local health officials confirmed Thursday that Dickinson County has added 76 new COVID-19 positives in the past two days, along with a 26th death.

Iron County’s cases rose by 12 in the same period, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department reported Thursday afternoon on its Facebook page.

The DIDHD on Thursday had Dickinson County at 1,140 confirmed positives and 52 probable cases, with 372 recovered, 26 deaths and 794 cases still active. Iron County has had 557 confirmed cases and 35 probables, with 308 recovered, 26 deaths and 258 cases still active.

State officials Thursday warned about a worsening COVID-19 surge, with Michigan seeing 6,940 new confirmed cases, a new one-day record.

Thursday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ numbers showed a strong virus spike across the Upper Peninsula as well with 358 confirmed new positives: 91 in Delta County; 87 in Marquette County; 55 in Houghton County; 37 in Baraga County; 28 in Menominee County; 20 in Gogebic County; 10 in Chippewa County; five in Iron, Alger, Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties; three in Keweenaw, Luce and Ontonagon counties; and one in Dickinson County, as the state had listed 71 new cases in the county on Wednesday. The state also added a new death in Baraga, Delta, Marquette, Menominee and Ontonagon counties.

In total for the U.P., the MDHHS COVID-19 data site Thursday had Keweenaw County at 31 confirmed cases and one probable, and one death; Luce County, 88 confirmed cases and 37 probable; Alger County, 120 confirmed, 42 probable and one death; Schoolcraft County, 135 confirmed cases and six probable, plus one probable death; Mackinac County, 164 confirmed cases and 44 probable; Chippewa County, 191 confirmed cases and 245 probable; Ontonagon County, 203 confirmed, 23 probable and five deaths; Baraga County, 255 confirmed cases, 31 probable and five deaths; Gogebic County, 447 confirmed cases and 164 probable, nine confirmed deaths and 10 probable deaths; Iron County, 554 confirmed cases and 33 probable, 25 confirmed deaths and four probable; Menominee County, 923 confirmed cases, 94 probable and 10 deaths; Houghton County, 1,012 confirmed cases, 206 probable, eight confirmed deaths and one probable; Dickinson County, 1,103 confirmed cases and 46 probable, 26 confirmed deaths and two probable; Delta County, 1,704 confirmed cases and 191 probable, 44 confirmed deaths and eight probable; and Marquette County, 1,745 confirmed cases, 212 probable and 20 deaths. State numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Using only the state figures Thursday, the Upper Peninsula has had 8,675 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date and 154 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 6,940 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Thursday — a new one-day record — for a total of 236,225 to date. The state added 45 new deaths Thursday for a total of 7,811.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, that state’s COVID-19 data site Thursday had 74 new confirmed positives in Marinette County, 16 in Vilas County, six in Forest County and one in Iron County; Florence County’s count was reduced by two. The state also listed a ninth death in Vilas County.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Thursday had Marinette County with 2,358 confirmed cases, 181 probable cases and 20 deaths; Vilas County, 898 confirmed, 22 probable and nine deaths; Forest County, 619 confirmed, 36 probable and 11 deaths; Iron County, 282 confirmed, 51 probable and five deaths, one probable; and Florence County, 264 confirmed, 14 probable and 10 deaths. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin had 7,497 new positives Thursday — like Michigan, a new one-day record — for a total of 293,388. The state added 58 new COVID-19 deaths Thursday to reach 2,515.

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