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DIDHD to expand who can get COVID-19 vaccine

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department will expand who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination next week to include residents age 50 and older with disabilities or pre-existing conditions and caregivers of children with special health needs.

The DIDHD so far has been administering the vaccine to those within the Phase 1B Priority One and Two groups. The Phase 1B Priority One group includes those 65 and older. The Phase 1B Priority Two group is first responders, educators, corrections staff and child protective service workers.

For Dickinson County residents, appointments can be made starting at 8 a.m. Monday. A link 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.

Iron County residents can schedule starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Again, a link will be posted on didhd.org for online appointments. Those who do not have computer access can call 906-265-9913.

Appointments can be scheduled in either county. 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 have been set up at 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 Upper Peninsula added 28 new confirmed COVID-19 positives Friday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The MDHHS’ COVID-19 data site Friday showed eight new cases in Houghton County; seven in Gogebic County; three in Marquette County; two each in Delta, Menominee, Mackinac and Chippewa counties; and one each in Keweenaw and Alger counties.

Using only the state’s figures, the Upper Peninsula as of Friday has had 16,498 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 386 deaths.

Across the U.P., the MDHHS data site Friday had Keweenaw County at 116 confirmed cases and 29 probable, and one death and one probable death; Luce County, 132 confirmed cases and 98 probable, one probable death; Schoolcraft County, 230 confirmed cases and 28 probable, four deaths and one probable; Alger County, 279 confirmed, 157 probable and one death, four probable; Mackinac County, 294 confirmed cases and 153 probable, three deaths; Ontonagon County, 359 confirmed, 54 probable and 19 deaths, one probable; Baraga County, 507 confirmed cases, 99 probable and 32 deaths; Chippewa County, 731 confirmed cases and 1,041 probable, and 23 deaths, four probable; Iron County, 866 confirmed cases and 62 probable, 40 confirmed deaths and nine probable; Gogebic County, 943 confirmed cases and 345 probable, 20 confirmed deaths and 28 probable; Menominee County, 1,619 confirmed cases, 263 probable and 36 deaths, two probable; Dickinson County, 2,133 confirmed cases and 240 probable, 55 confirmed deaths and 15 probable; Houghton County, 2,147 confirmed cases, 538 probable, 32 confirmed deaths and eight probable; Delta County, 2,673 confirmed cases and 483 probable, 65 confirmed deaths and 19 probable; and Marquette County, 3,469 confirmed cases, 506 probable and 55 deaths, one probable. State numbers are updated almost daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

The MDHHS on Friday posted 1,486 confirmed new coronavirus positives in Michigan for a total of 594,765. The state added 10 new deaths Friday to reach 15,610.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Friday had three new confirmed positives in Marinette County and reduced Forest County’s count by one.

The DHS on Friday had Marinette County with 3,969 confirmed cases, 404 probable cases and 63 deaths, three probable deaths; Vilas County, 2,151 confirmed, 126 probable and 38 deaths, two probable; Forest County, 924 confirmed, 69 probable and 23 deaths, three probable; Iron County, 550 confirmed, 117 probable and 21 deaths, 19 probable; and Florence County, 434 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 350 new positives Friday for a total of 566,158 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date. The state recorded seven new deaths Friday to reach 6,477.

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