State data shows local COVID activity continuing to go down

State data again showed COVID-19 activity declining both in the Upper Peninsula and across Michigan in the past two weeks, as the federal government officially downgrades the pandemic from being a public health emergency.

Iron County on Tuesday had eight new confirmed virus positives since April 25, while Dickinson County only recorded two cases in the 14-day span, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services figures showed.

The MDHHS noted Thursday’s end of the national public health emergency order will affect some of the federal information it had provided on its COVID website but said it will continue to update COVID case rates by county each week, usually on Tuesdays.

The MDHHS website Tuesday added 80 confirmed COVID-19 positives since April 25 — 45 and 35 per week, respectively — to the Upper Peninsula’s tally: 14 in Marquette County, 11 in Ontonagon County, 10 in Menominee County, eight in Iron and Chippewa counties, seven in Delta County, six in Schoolcraft County, five in Houghton and Baraga counties, three in Gogebic County, two in Dickinson County and one in Alger County. Three counties — Keweenaw, Luce and Mackinac — have had no change in their confirmed case numbers for the past two weeks.

Keweenaw County, however, did have a new confirmed virus death for the two-week period, as did Houghton and Chippewa counties.

Based on the MDHHS figures, the Upper Peninsula as of Tuesday has had 65,122 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,002 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 16 confirmed deaths and one probable death; Luce County, 791 confirmed cases and 892 probable, 17 confirmed deaths and eight probable deaths; Ontonagon County, 1,231 confirmed, 150 probable and 42 deaths, three probable; Alger County, 1,300 confirmed, 880 probable and nine deaths, 12 probable; Schoolcraft County, 1,434 confirmed cases and 829 probable, 15 deaths and six probable; Mackinac County, 1,950 confirmed cases and 1,090 probable, 34 deaths and six probable; Baraga County, 2,187 confirmed cases, 464 probable and 60 deaths, two probable; Iron County, 3,235 confirmed cases and 431 probable, 85 deaths and 17 probable; Gogebic County, 3,701 confirmed cases and 742 probable, 44 deaths and 34 probable; Chippewa County, 4,284 confirmed cases and 6,100 probable, and 100 deaths, 21 probable; Menominee County, 5,046 confirmed cases, 2,257 probable and 69 deaths, 17 probable; Dickinson County, 6,409 confirmed cases and 3,150 probable, 108 deaths and 25 probable; Houghton County, 8,452 confirmed cases, 1,300 probable, 97 deaths and 12 probable; Delta County, 9,231 confirmed cases and 3,438 probable, 156 deaths and 42 probable; and Marquette County, 15,264 confirmed cases, 4,556 probable and 150 deaths, 29 probable.

The MDHHS on Tuesday added 2,718 new confirmed and probable coronavirus positives in Michigan since May 2, or an average of about 388 cases per day for the week, for a total of 3,106,362 cases since COVID tracking began. The state since May 2 recorded 62 confirmed and probable deaths attributed to the virus to reach 42,873.

For the five Wisconsin counties in the region, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Thursday had Marinette County at 14,778 COVID-19 positives so far, up 23 since April 26, and 151 deaths, up one; Vilas County, 6,577 positives, up 10, and 109 deaths; Forest County, 3,426 positives, up 13, and 56 deaths; Iron County, 1,846 positives, no change, and 50 deaths; and Florence County, 1,367 positives, up one, and 17 deaths.


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