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Area’s COVID climb slows during weekend

The pace of COVID-19 activity in the region may be leveling off, as state data Monday showed Dickinson County added 52 confirmed COVID-19 positives and Iron County 33 new cases in the past three days.

Both were down from the previous two-day reporting period from Wednesday to Friday last week.

Figures on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus website Monday indicated 646 new confirmed COVID-19 positives in the Upper Peninsula since Friday: 273 in Marquette County; 73 in Chippewa County; 59 in Houghton County; 52 in Dickinson County; 41 in Delta County; 37 in Gogebic County; 33 in Iron County; 27 in Menominee County; 16 in Mackinac County; 11 in Baraga County; six in Alger, Ontonagon and Keweenaw counties; four in Luce County; and two in Schoolcraft County. The state reported a virus-related death in Baraga and Chippewa counties.

Using only the MDHHS numbers, the Upper Peninsula as of Monday has had 47,974 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 735 deaths.

Across the U.P., the MDHHS data site Monday had Keweenaw County at 433 confirmed cases and 49 probable, and 11 confirmed deaths and one probable death; Luce County, 612 confirmed cases and 717 probable, six confirmed deaths and one probable death; Ontonagon County, 828 confirmed, 98 probable and 32 deaths, two probable; Alger County, 973 confirmed, 635 probable and seven deaths, five probable; Schoolcraft County, 1,009 confirmed cases and 593 probable, 11 deaths and one probable; Mackinac County, 1,434 confirmed cases and 807 probable, 24 deaths and two probable; Baraga County, 1,619 confirmed cases, 290 probable and 49 deaths, two probable; Iron County, 2,170 confirmed cases and 313 probable, 61 deaths and 13 probable; Gogebic County, 2,595 confirmed cases and 499 probable, 35 deaths and 29 probable; Chippewa County, 3,044 confirmed cases and 4,694 probable, and 69 deaths, 13 probable; Menominee County, 3,657 confirmed cases, 1,581 probable and 59 deaths, eight probable; Dickinson County, 4,718 confirmed cases and 2,259 probable, 79 deaths and 19 probable; Houghton County, 6,345 confirmed cases, 1,062 probable, 71 deaths and 11 probable; Delta County, 7,439 confirmed cases and 1,917 probable, 120 deaths and 24 probable; and Marquette County, 11,098 confirmed cases, 2,901 probable and 101 deaths, five probable. State figures can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

The MDHHS on Monday had 21,242 new confirmed coronavirus positives in Michigan since Friday, or an average of about 7,081 per day for the three-day period, for a total to date of 1,980,613. The state since Friday added 65 deaths attributed to the virus to reach 29,843.

The state issues new COVID-19 data on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Upper Peninsula as of Monday had 71 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 24 adults in intensive care and three on ventilators, according to Frontline UPdates JIC, a group of health care communication professionals from the U.P.

Statewide Monday, 3,183 adults were hospitalized with COVID-19 — plus 82 pediatric patients — with 581 adults in ICU beds and 380 on ventilators.

For the five Wisconsin counties in the region, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday had Marinette County at 11,021 positives, up 92 since Friday, and 102 deaths; Vilas County, 4,940 positives, up 52 for the three-day period, and 83 deaths; Forest County, 2,539 positives, up 28, and 47 deaths; Iron County, 1,410, up 13, and 45 deaths; and Florence County, 1,005 positives, up seven, and 15 deaths. The state added a death blamed on the virus in Marinette County.

Statewide, the DHS has had 1,516,628 positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin to date, up 13,208 from Friday, and 12,374 virus-related deaths, up 83 over the three-day period.

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