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DIDHD to schedule more virus vaccinations next week

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department will accept new appointments next week for COVID-19 vaccinations for those within the Phase 1B Priority One and Two groups.

The Phase 1B Priority One group includes those age 65 and older. The Phase 1B Priority Two group is first responders, educators, corrections staff and child protective service workers.

Scheduling for Iron County residents will start at 8 a.m. Tuesday. A link also will be posted on didhd.org at the same time so individuals can schedule their own appointment online. Those who do not have computer access can call 906-265-9913 to schedule.

For Dickinson County residents, appointments can be made starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday. A link also will be posted on didhd.org at the same time so individuals can schedule their own appointment online. Those who do not have computer access can call 906-774-1868 to schedule.

Appointments must be made in the county where you live, as vaccines are allocated based on a county’s population. Do not call before 8 a.m., as schedules will not be open.

Appointments are required to receive the vaccine; no walk-ins will be accepted.

Consent forms and other information regarding COVID-19 can be found at didhd.org. Those scheduled for vaccination are asked to print and fill out the online consent form in advance if possible to help keep the clinic flow moving. Consent forms also will be available at the clinics.

Mass clinics will be scheduled at these off-site locations to allow for better social distancing —

— Dickinson County: Dickinson County Fair Grounds, Yellow Administration Building, Norway.

— Iron County: Forest Park School, east entrance near the parking lot by the bus garage, Crystal Falls.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 data site Friday showed 22 new confirmed positives in the Upper Peninsula: seven in Houghton County; five in Marquette and Gogebic counties; two in Dickinson and Baraga counties; and one each in Iron, Delta and Ontonagon counties. The state also reduced Keweenaw County’s count by two.

Using only the state’s figures, the Upper Peninsula as of Friday has had 16,171 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 376 deaths.

Across the U.P., the MDHHS data site Friday had Keweenaw County at 110 confirmed cases and 26 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, 275 confirmed, 156 probable and one death, two probable; Mackinac County, 279 confirmed cases and 151 probable, three deaths; Ontonagon County, 353 confirmed, 51 probable and 18 deaths, one probable; Baraga County, 499 confirmed cases, 98 probable and 31 deaths; Chippewa County, 707 confirmed cases and 1,011 probable, and 20 deaths, four probable; Iron County, 863 confirmed cases and 62 probable, 39 confirmed deaths and nine probable; Gogebic County, 897 confirmed cases and 335 probable, 18 confirmed deaths and 28 probable; Menominee County, 1,606 confirmed cases, 257 probable and 35 deaths, two probable; Houghton County, 2,035 confirmed cases, 503 probable, 32 confirmed deaths and eight probable; Dickinson County, 2,118 confirmed cases and 236 probable, 55 confirmed deaths and 14 probable; Delta County, 2,631 confirmed cases and 461 probable, 65 confirmed deaths and 19 probable; and Marquette County, 3,437 confirmed cases, 491 probable and 54 deaths, one probable. State numbers are updated almost daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

The MDHHS on Friday posted 1,193 confirmed new COVID-19 positives in Michigan for a total of 573,372. The state added 10 new deaths Friday to reach 15,062.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Friday had eight new confirmed positives in Vilas County, six in Marinette County, five in Iron County and one in Forest County. Vilas County had a new death attributed to the virus as well.

The DHS on Friday had Marinette County with 3,949 confirmed cases, 379 probable cases and 61 deaths, two probable deaths; Vilas County, 2,053 confirmed, 115 probable and 36 deaths, two probable; Forest County, 917 confirmed, 70 probable and 23 deaths, three probable; Iron County, 514 confirmed, 116 probable and 19 deaths, 19 probable; and Florence County, 430 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 938 new positives Friday for a total of 554,048 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date. The state posted 11 new deaths Friday to reach 6,151.

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