Area, UP see decline in COVID cases in past week
COVID-19 activity appears to have significantly slowed in the region, with the number of new confirmed positives in the Upper Peninsula down by nearly half what was recorded the previous week, state data showed Tuesday.
Dickinson County had four confirmed positives since April 18, five fewer than a week earlier, according to figures posted Tuesday on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus website. Iron County had one confirmed case, after having none the week before.
The MDHHS website Tuesday added 55 confirmed COVID-19 positives since April 18, down 45 from the previous week, to the Upper Peninsula’s tally: 12 in Marquette County; nine in Menominee County; seven in Delta, Houghton and Gogebic counties; four in Schoolcraft and Dickinson counties; two in Chippewa County; and one each in Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Iron counties.
Marquette County had the only new confirmed virus death in the Upper Peninsula for the week.
Based on the MDHHS figures, the Upper Peninsula as of Tuesday has had 65,042 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 999 confirmed deaths since pandemic tracking began in March 2020.
Across the U.P., the MDHHS data Tuesday had Keweenaw County at 607 confirmed cases and 65 probable, and 15 confirmed deaths and one probable death; Luce County, 791 confirmed cases and 892 probable, 17 confirmed deaths and eight probable deaths; Ontonagon County, 1,220 confirmed, 150 probable and 42 deaths, three probable; Alger County, 1,299 confirmed, 879 probable and nine deaths, 12 probable; Schoolcraft County, 1,428 confirmed cases and 829 probable, 15 deaths and six probable; Mackinac County, 1,950 confirmed cases and 1,082 probable, 34 deaths and six probable; Baraga County, 2,182 confirmed cases, 463 probable and 60 deaths, two probable; Iron County, 3,227 confirmed cases and 431 probable, 85 deaths and 17 probable; Gogebic County, 3,698 confirmed cases and 742 probable, 44 deaths and 34 probable; Chippewa County, 4,276 confirmed cases and 6,096 probable, and 99 deaths, 21 probable; Menominee County, 5,036 confirmed cases, 2,255 probable and 69 deaths, 17 probable; Dickinson County, 6,407 confirmed cases and 3,148 probable, 108 deaths and 25 probable; Houghton County, 8,447 confirmed cases, 1,303 probable, 96 deaths and 12 probable; Delta County, 9,224 confirmed cases and 3,436 probable, 156 deaths and 42 probable; and Marquette County, 15,250 confirmed cases, 4,548 probable and 150 deaths, 28 probable.
The MDHHS on Tuesday added 3,124 new confirmed and probable coronavirus positives in Michigan since April 18, down 779 for the week, or an average of about 446 cases per day for the seven-day period, for a total of 3,101,014 cases since COVID tracking began. The state since April 18 recorded 82 confirmed and probable deaths attributed to the virus, 28 more than the week before, to reach 42,749
The state updates COVID-19 data once a week, usually on Tuesdays.
For the five Wisconsin counties in the region, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday had Marinette County at 14,755 COVID-19 positives so far, up 13 since April 19, and 150 deaths; Vilas County, 6,567 positives, up seven, and 109 deaths; Forest County, 3,413 positives, up three, and 56 deaths; Iron County, 1,846 positives, up two, and 50 deaths; and Florence County, 1,366 positives, no change, and 17 deaths.