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Area has only one confirmed new virus positive

Slowing activity has DIDHD cutting back on COVID updates

The number of new local COVID-19 positives have slowed to the point the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department will only update figures on Mondays and Thursdays.

The department posted Thursday on Facebook that Dickinson County had only one probable new case and eight recovered cases since Tuesday, while Iron County had one new confirmed case and three recoveries.

The DIDHD on Thursday had Dickinson County at 2,123 confirmed positives and 239 probable cases, with 2,220 recovered, 67 deaths and 75 cases still active. For Iron County, the DIDHD had 866 confirmed cases and 64 probables, with 849 recovered, 45 deaths and 36 still active.

The DIDHD also posted its Iron County office in Iron River will be closed “until further notice” due to building issues. Those needing assistance should call 906-774-1868.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 data site Thursday showed 15 new confirmed positives in the Upper Peninsula: five in Houghton County; four in Chippewa County; two in Baraga County; and one each in Marquette, Keweenaw, Alger and Mackinac counties. The state listed a new death in Gogebic County.

Using only the state’s figures, the Upper Peninsula as of Thursday has had 16,254 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 380 deaths.

Across the U.P., the MDHHS data site Thursday had Keweenaw County at 109 confirmed cases and 27 probable, and one death and one probable death; Luce County, 132 confirmed cases and 82 probable, one probable death; Schoolcraft County, 229 confirmed cases and 28 probable, four deaths and one probable; Alger County, 277 confirmed, 155 probable and one death, two probable; Mackinac County, 281 confirmed cases and 151 probable, three deaths; Ontonagon County, 356 confirmed, 52 probable and 19 deaths, one probable; Baraga County, 503 confirmed cases, 98 probable and 32 deaths; Chippewa County, 713 confirmed cases and 1,011 probable, and 21 deaths, four probable; Iron County, 864 confirmed cases and 62 probable, 39 confirmed deaths and nine probable; Gogebic County, 910 confirmed cases and 338 probable, 19 confirmed deaths and 28 probable; Menominee County, 1,608 confirmed cases, 261 probable and 35 deaths, two probable; Houghton County, 2,073 confirmed cases, 513 probable, 32 confirmed deaths and eight probable; Dickinson County, 2,119 confirmed cases and 237 probable, 55 confirmed deaths and 14 probable; Delta County, 2,639 confirmed cases and 469 probable, 65 confirmed deaths and 19 probable; and Marquette County, 3,441 confirmed cases, 492 probable and 54 deaths, one probable. State numbers are updated almost daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

The MDHHS posted 888 confirmed new COVID-19 positives in Michigan on Thursday for a total of 578,091. The state added 85 new deaths Thursday — including 72 that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — to reach 15,273.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Thursday had five new confirmed positives in Iron County, four in Marinette County, two in Vilas County and one each in Florence and Forest counties.

The DHS on Thursday had Marinette County with 3,966 confirmed cases, 379 probable cases and 61 deaths, two probable deaths; Vilas County, 2,075 confirmed, 119 probable and 36 deaths, two probable; Forest County, 921 confirmed, 70 probable and 23 deaths, three probable; Iron County, 529 confirmed, 116 probable and 20 deaths, 19 probable; and Florence County, 432 confirmed, 34 probable and 12 deaths. As in Michigan, state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin added 733 new positives Thursday for a total of 557,722 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date. The state posted 18 new deaths Thursday to reach 6,232.

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