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COVID vaccine appointments on hold for Iron, Dickinson

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that all COVID-19 vaccine doses have been allocated for appointments.

The department won’t schedule any more vaccinations until additional doses have been received, officials said.

The department on Tuesday began accepting phone calls for appointments for two priority groups in Dickinson and Iron counties, but the high demand left many residents without confirmation.

For now, the DIDHD is limiting distribution of the vaccine to the Phase 1B Priority One group — ages 65 or older — and Phase 1B Priority Two group, which consists of first responders, educators, corrections staff and child protective service workers.

The department said it is trying to secure more doses and will notify residents when they are again able to schedule appointments.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said that on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it would send millions of vaccine doses to some states, including Michigan. Whitmer and eight other governors had requested more vaccines that she said were being held back by the Trump Administration.

Whitmer also said she sent a letter Monday to the Trump Administration requesting permission for Michigan to buy up to 100,000 vaccine doses.

The DIDHD on Tuesday posted only three new confirmed COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County and six new cases in Iron County.

The DIDHD had Dickinson County at 2,053 confirmed positives and 211 probable cases, with 1,936 recovered, 67 deaths and 261 cases still active. For Iron County, the DIDHD showed 802 confirmed cases and 70 probables, with 742 recovered, 34 deaths and 96 still active.

Across the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus data

site Tuesday added 57 confirmed positives: 25 in Houghton County; eight in Chippewa County; six in Menominee County; five in Marquette County; three in Dickinson County; two in Delta, Gogebic and Baraga counties; and one each in Iron, Alger, Ontonagon and Keweenaw counties. Menominee County had the region’s only new virus-related death.

In total for the U.P., the data site Tuesday listed Keweenaw County at 84 confirmed cases and 16 probable, and one death and one probable death; Luce County, 127 confirmed cases and 69 probable; Alger County, 212 confirmed, 138 probable and one death, two probable; Schoolcraft County, 223 confirmed cases and 22 probable, three deaths and one probable; Mackinac County, 269 confirmed cases and 128 probable, three deaths; Ontonagon County, 283 confirmed, 30 probable and 15 deaths, one probable; Baraga County, 478 confirmed cases, 88 probable and 29 deaths; Chippewa County, 660 confirmed cases and 953 probable, and 13 deaths, two probable; Gogebic County, 747 confirmed cases and 302 probable, 16 confirmed deaths and 24 probable; Iron County, 800 confirmed cases and 67 probable, 32 confirmed deaths and five probable; Menominee County, 1,539 confirmed cases, 238 probable and 31 deaths, two probable; Houghton County, 1,780 confirmed cases, 439 probable, 27 confirmed deaths and seven probable; Dickinson County, 2,051 confirmed cases and 207 probable, 56 confirmed deaths and 14 probable; Delta County, 2,552 confirmed cases and 429 probable, 60 confirmed deaths and 18 probable; and Marquette County, 3,275 confirmed cases, 453 probable and 51 deaths, one probable. State numbers are updated almost daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Using only the state’s figures, the Upper Peninsula as of Tuesday has had 15,080 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 338 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 1,994 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Tuesday for a total of 525,612. The state added 100 new deaths Tuesday – including 50 that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS – to reach 13,501.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state’s COVID-19 data site Tuesday showed 20 new positives in Vilas County, 13 in Marinette County, two in Forest County and one each in Florence and Iron counties; Iron County also had a new death.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday had Marinette County with 3,710 confirmed cases, 348 probable cases and 51 deaths; Vilas County, 1,758 confirmed, 79 probable and 28 deaths, two probable deaths; Forest County, 890 confirmed, 64 probable and 22 deaths, three probable; Iron County, 435 confirmed, 110 probable and 19 deaths, 17 probable; and Florence County, 410 confirmed, 29 probable and 12 deaths. As in Michigan, state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin added 2,790 new positives Tuesday for a total of 511,136 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The state recorded 49 deaths Tuesday to reach 5,211.

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