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DIDHD: 286 new virus positives in Dickinson in past week

Dickinson and Iron counties have had another week of high COVID-19 activity, with local data Thursday showing Dickinson County in the past seven days has added 286 new confirmed COVID-19 positives plus a death blamed on the virus, while Iron County had 140 more cases.

This appears to be the most new coronavirus cases in a week’s span that either county has experienced since the pandemic began.

Dickinson County also had 244 probable coronavirus positives and Iron County 25 probables since the last Dickinson-Iron District Health Department report Jan. 13.

In addition, Dickinson County had 99 people reclassified as recovered from the virus, while Iron County had 27 recoveries, the DIDHD listed in its Facebook post Thursday.

The DIDHD had Dickinson County at 4,319 confirmed positives and 1,987 probable cases to date, with 5,011 recovered, 97 deaths and 1,198 cases still active. For Iron County, the agency had 1,987 confirmed cases and 233 probables, with 1,845 recovered, 72 deaths and 303 active cases.

The Upper Peninsula as of Thursday had 78 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 11 adults in intensive care and four on ventilators, according to Frontline UPdates JIC, a group of health care communication professionals from the U.P.

Statewide Wednesday, 4,317 adults were hospitalized with COVID-19 — plus 121 pediatric patients — with 748 adults in ICU beds and 474 on ventilators.

In Wisconsin, the COVID-19 omicron variant has yet to peak even as there are encouraging signs it is waning in parts of the northeastern United States where it was first detected, the state’s chief medical officer said Thursday.

Hopefully, the state is at or near the peak even though the data does not yet show it, said Dr. Ryan Westergaard during a conference call.

The state’s seven-day average number of new cases hit another new high, at 18,836, while hospitalizations statewide were down by 115 over the past seven days.

Westergaard said he didn’t know yet if the decline would happen quickly or be more prolonged.

“Our hope is that we can turn the corner and see fewer and fewer cases as the weeks go on,” he said. “The important message is that we can get that decline to happen quicker if we implement all the prevention strategies and wear masks and do the things that we’re talking about to try and stop transmission as much as we can.”

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