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Vaccine continues to go out in region

RUSSELL NYMAN, A U.S. Army veteran from 1956-58, recently got his second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Nyman was among the first VA-enrolled veterans to receive the vaccine. The center is calling veterans age 75 or older, or who have high-risk comorbidities, to schedule for vaccinations as available. ( Photo by Brad Nelson, chief of public affairs and veteran engagement, Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center)

The latest round of scheduling for COVID-19 vaccinations in Dickinson and Iron counties filled within a matter of minutes Wednesday morning, the district health department reported.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department set the start for signing up at 10 a.m., both online and by telephone, but announced before the hour was out that all coronavirus vaccine doses had been allocated due to strong demand.

The agency recommended checking its website at www.didhd.org for cancellations. Otherwise, the DIDHD does not plan to do any more scheduling until it can “secure more doses.” The supply that comes to the county each week now is divided between the health department and other area health care providers.

The DIDHD had its second vaccination clinic today in both counties. An appointment was required, however, to receive the shot.

The DIDHD did not update local COVID-19 numbers Thursday. Its figures Wednesday listed Dickinson County at 2,079 confirmed positives and 222 probable cases, with 2,032 recovered, 67 deaths and 202 cases still active. For Iron County, the DIDHD showed 838 confirmed cases and 63 probables, with 759 recovered, 35 deaths and 107 still active.

DON MICHELIN, WHO served with Army’s 1st Infantry Division during 1966-’68 in Vietnam, recently received the 1,000th dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Iron Mountain VA’s Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Manistique. (Photo by John Jamison, public affairs officer, Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center)

Across the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 data site Thursday added 74 confirmed positives: 18 in Houghton County; nine in Marquette County; seven in Ontonagon County; five in Gogebic County; four in Menominee County; three in Chippewa County; two in Dickinson, Keweenaw and Baraga counties; and one in Alger County. The state recorded three new coronavirus-related deaths each in Iron and Chippewa counties, two in Houghton County and one in Baraga County.

In total for the U.P., the MDHHS data site Thursday listed Keweenaw County at 99 confirmed cases and 23 probable, and one death and one probable death; Luce County, 129 confirmed cases and 71 probable; Schoolcraft County, 225 confirmed cases and 23 probable, four deaths and one probable; Alger County, 250 confirmed, 147 probable and one death, two probable; Mackinac County, 272 confirmed cases and 140 probable, three deaths; Ontonagon County, 304 confirmed, 32 probable and 16 deaths, one probable; Baraga County, 484 confirmed cases, 90 probable and 30 deaths; Chippewa County, 676 confirmed cases and 995 probable, and 19 deaths, two probable; Gogebic County, 797 confirmed cases and 309 probable, 15 confirmed deaths and 24 probable; Iron County, 836 confirmed cases and 61 probable, 35 confirmed deaths and six probable; Menominee County, 1,566 confirmed cases, 253 probable and 34 deaths, two probable; Houghton County, 1,913 confirmed cases, 467 probable, 29 confirmed deaths and seven probable; Dickinson County, 2,078 confirmed cases and 222 probable, 56 confirmed deaths and 14 probable; Delta County, 2,587 confirmed cases and 449 probable, 61 confirmed deaths and 18 probable; and Marquette County, 3,365 confirmed cases, 468 probable and 53 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 Thursday has had 15,581 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 357 deaths.

The MDHHS on Thursday listed 2,165 confirmed new COVID-19 positives in Michigan for a total of 544,311. The state added 148 new deaths Thursday — including 128 that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — to reach 14,053.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Thursday showed 14 new positives each in Marinette and Vilas counties, and three in Forest County. Marinette County had a new death as well.

The DHS on Thursday had Marinette County with 3,829 confirmed cases, 366 probable cases and 57 deaths; Vilas County, 1,832 confirmed, 97 probable and 31 deaths, two probable deaths; Forest County, 897 confirmed, 66 probable and 22 deaths, three probable; Iron County, 451 confirmed, 110 probable and 19 deaths, 17 probable; and Florence County, 417 confirmed, 31 probable and 12 deaths. As in Michigan, state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin added 2,177 new positives Thursday for a total of 528,101 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The state listed 45 new deaths Thursday to reach 5,607.

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